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2000 Prince William County, VA - Michael Lenz, a drifter serving 29 years in prison for burglary and firearm possession, converted to Asatru (Odinism), a Neopagan religion that worships Thor, and started a prison chapter called Ironwood Kindred. During a ceremony, Lenz with the help of fellow inmate and Odinist, Jeffrey Remington, kills fellow inmate and Odinist Brent Parker. "I called [Parker] up to the altar..." Lenz testified at his trial. "And I pulled a knife out of my pocket and I said, 'Are you trying to take it to the next step?' And he said, 'Yes, I am.' And so I stabbed him."
In prisons across the United States, the number of converts has increased in recent years, according to experts, some of whom say prisoners find encouragement for violence in the gods they worship. "This is a warrior thing," said Heidi Beirich, deputy director of the Intelligence Project for the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups and extremist organizations. "What they take out of it is violence, physical dominance and racial purity. To them, Thor represents the ultimate white male." Beirich said there are racist and nonracist versions of the religion in prisons and among the general population. Remington was sentenced to death for Parker's slaying, but he killed himself on death row in 2004. Parker was executed in 2006. He practiced Odnism even on death row, not seeing how it had ruined his life. (AP)
2000, Murfreesboro, Tennessee - Alonzo South, 31, pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated sexual battery. He was sentenced to 24 years in prison. South admitted that on at least three occasions over the last two years he participated in Satanic rituals in which a nude girl under the age of 10 was sexually touched. Court records say the child, who was the daughter of a woman involved in the Satanic group, was raped in a home, the nearby woods, a shed, a pickup truck and a car. See, (The Tennessean, Sept. 30, 2000).
2000, Nashville, Tennessee - A Federal judge was asked to hold the State of Tennesee in contempt of court in Feb. for its continued failure to provide court-ordered and doctor-prescribed mental health services to a severely traumatized 17-year-old victim (called "Sara C. to protect her identity) of rape as part of a Satanic ritual,. A State advocacy group, Tennessee Justice Center, filed a class action lawsuit against the state for failure to properly administer the appeals procedure for the health care plan enrollees of TennCare, (Tennessee Behavioral Health). The 17 yr. old victim was just one of the people named in the settlement but she was left without proper care until this motion was filed. In April, the state agreed to properly attend to her care.(AP)
2000 Grand Island, NY - Wiccan James R. Walsh was charged with first-degree murder for the death of his father, 42-year-old James L. Walsh. James L. Walsh's body was found in the back of a delivery van. Timothy J. Vlock, 20, was charged with being an accessory to the killing. Vlock told police that he watched Walsh perform a Wiccan ritual before going into the bedroom and holding a pillow over his sleeping father's head and killing him, according to search warrants filed in district court. Police said they confiscated an altar made from a box, two candles, a dragon statue, dragon cards and a homemade bong from the Walshes' apartment. Zerlina Eischeid a Wiccan friend of Walsh naievely told the press "Our magic is just like a Christian or Catholic praying," LOL! Excuse me, but Christians don't smother people in their sleep as part of prayer! Someone get that kid a copy of Christianity For Dummies or something. The occult attracts mentally unstable people, it isn't just "xtian propaganda", deal with it. (AP)
2000, Springfield, Mass - Two Thelemites are jailed after one stole a handwritten manuscript written by Aleister Crowley. The man threatened to blow up the would be thief with dynamite. He was later arrested by the police and charged with aggrevated assault. (AP)
2000 Kent, New York - Patricia Ann Garofalo, 39, was charged with two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny. The police said she used her employer's telephone and credit card numbers to make calls to psychic hotlines totalling $4700. Garofalo called many hot lines, including Eclipse Psychic, for $4.59 per minute, Voice of Astrology, which offers personal astrology consultations by phone costing $95 for 30 minutes, and weekly chart readings for $249 per month. Garofalo told police she started calling the hot lines after her boyfriend broke up with her. Detective Gerald Locascio of the Kent Police Department said, ''We asked her if the psychics told her we'd catch her, and she said no, but that she had a feeling we would.'' Gee, you don't suppose psychics and astrology are a load of bunk, do you? (N.Y. Times 8-25-2000)
2000 Buenos Aires, Argentina - The mutilated body of Juan Carlos Vazquez was found on Monday surrounded by his two daughters, Silvina, 21 and Gabriela 29, who stabbed their father 100 times and ate part of his face. Police revealed details of the strange crime, announcing that the three of them belonged to a cult known as the "Alchemy Center for Transmutation." According to the police, apparently the father and daughters engaged in a ritual that ended with the murder of Juan Carlos Vazquez. Juan Carlos' body was found not only with 100 knife wounds, but also marked with cuts forming a strange figure.
The killing took place in the living room, after the furniture was moved to one side. In the place were found cups with strange liquids and a book of "alchemy rites." When the police entered the home, the two daughters were screaming in a state of shock, one invoking Satan, the other one saying that Satan had finally left her father's body. According to Jose Maria Baamonde, a psychologist from Fundacion Spes, a Catholic institution dedicated to studying the growing number of sects and cults, the cult to which the Vazquez' belonged "is the type of organization that is becoming tremendously popular by combining some elements of Gnosticism and strange formulas and rites which they claim have been inherited from the ancient Alchemists." Baamonde explained that, despite the sect's self-portrayal as an institution devoted to self-knowledge and self-discipline, "some of their rites explicitly invoke the presence and power of the Devil. (Reuters)
2000 Warsaw, Poland - In April A 19-year-old woman and a 17-year-old boy were killed during a ritual Satanic Black Mass in southern Poland, police said after finding the cut up and burned bodies. The two victims were members of a sect that staged the black mass in a disused bunker on the outskirts of the town of Ruda Slaska, but they did not know they were to die. Another teenage cult member who survived was taken to the hospital with multiple knife wounds. Satanists Tomasz Suszyna,and Robert Krakowian plead guilty to the murders & sentenced to life in prison. (Reuters)
2000 Franklin County, OH - In march A mother and father who had their children taken away by child protective services failled to comply with the reunification plans. The court stated that in addition to physical abuse and neglect of the children, Satanic occult practices were "commonplace" at the household. After being in counseling for over three years, the mother continued to deny what happened to her children and claimed "an inability to remember" the abuse, rather than denying it. There was even testimony that appellant mother could also "not recall" taking blood and hair from the children as part of satanic rituals, but didn't deny it. And the reason some social worker thought these nutcases should get their kids back after a few parenting classes was...??? At any rate, the children were later adopted out. (AP)
2000 Aug. Brasilia, Brazil - Brazilian police said on Friday they arrested two Quimbanda priests for the murder of a 6-year-old boy who bled to death in a black-magic ceremony. In statements to police, Joaquim Alves, 71, and his girlfriend Priscila Souza Ferreira, 22, blamed each other for the murder of Carlos Andres de Jesus Barros, who disappeared in the impoverished Brazilian state of Bahia. Soares said the two voodoo priests killed the boy after Alves' 10-year-old son led him to the house. Alves told police that his girlfriend has tried to kill other children as well. "We are investigating the possibility they have killed other children. This, unfortunately, is a possibility, but I am not able to say more at this time," Soares said. The boy was found dead at the bottom of a well with his clothes removed, his hands and feet bound and two puncture wounds in his stomach, authorities said.
The couple led police to the body after their shantytown neighbours tipped-off authorities. "One neighbour called, saying the boy kept crying and screaming, that he was suffering," said lead investigator Juliana de Oliveira Soares. "Inside the house, we found a series of religious icons, all of them of spirits that do harm. Then we found the body." Enraged after learning of the murder, townspeople on Friday destroyed Alves' makeshift home in the tropical city of Vitoria da Conquista. Some leaders of the Afro Brazilian religious culture tried to distance themselves from the slaying, just like Satanic groups do in the U.S.A do when a Satanist sacrifices someone to Satan. "These people, these are witch-doctors. They have nothing to do with any houses of worship here," said Antonio Bispo, an official at the Bahian Federation of Afro Cults. (Reuters)
2001 London, England In Feb. Thelemite and jobless drifter Henry Bibby (alias Edward Crowley) was sentenced to life imprisonment at the Old Bailey for carrying out a Thelma ritual of child sacrifice on an innocent twelve-year-old victim. He had stabbed the boy, Diego Pineiro-Villar, over thirty times in Covent Garden, London, on 8 May 2000. Police found a bag that Bibby had kept with him. It contained a small number of legal documents about his change of name, and a chilling sketch that police believe was drawn a few weeks before the attack. Entitled Delendus Est Pineiro, which roughly translates as “destroy Pineiro,” the pencil diagram makes references to child sacrifice, black magic and Greek mythology. The symbols relate to quotations from Crowley’s works. There were a number of references to child sacrifice, including one from Aleister Crowley’s Magick in Theory and Practice that read, “For the highest spiritual working one must accordingly choose that victim which contains the greatest and purest force. A male child of perfect innocence and high intelligence is the most satisfactory and suitable victim.”. (BBC News)
2001 Lake Charles,Louisiana David Daniel Settlemyer pleads guilty to attempting to persuade a man to travel to Louisiana to have sex with a minor, as well as to sending child pornography by computer. With this and other charges, Settlemyer may face life in prison. Prosecutors claim that Settlemyer tried to convince someone he met on-line (who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent) to come to Louisiana to kidnap and rape three girls. Settlemyer had previously been convicted for kidnapping and attempted kidnapping. A California man, Chance Rearden, faces a number of charges related to an alleged attempt by Rearden to persuade Settlemyer to go to California to hunt, kidnap, rape, and kill children. Authorities claim that Rearden is an admitted neo-Nazi, Satanist, and white supremacist. (AP)
2001 Moscow, Russia Police arrested a man who confessed to murdering four people in a basement in the Russian capital in what appears to have been ritual Satanic slayings, Interfax reported on 3-17-01. One of the police investigators quoted by Interfax news agency, said the murders appeared to have been committed by a Satanic cult judging by the way the bodies were mutilated and other evidence at the crime scene. At around 3.30 a.m on Saturday, the fire service received a phone call reporting a blaze in the basement of an apartment building in eastern Moscow, Police Lieutenant-Colonel Fyodor Agapov told Interfax.When fire fighters arrived at the scene, they found the decomposed bodies of two women and two men. Three of them had been decapitated and one man's chest was cut open.There were candles around the bodies, which were also decorated with flowers.(TASS)
2001 Georgia Statewide Satanist Jay Scott Ballinger, 36, of Yorktown, Indiana, recieved a life sentnce for the torching of some 26 churches including 5 in Georgia, one of which killed a firefighter. It was the largest number of fires charged to one individual during the task force's nearly 3-year-old investigation, said Treasury Undersecretary James Johnson, the task force co-chairman. The task force has opened investigations of 752 church fires, bombings or attempted bombings and has charged 331 individuals in 249 of those attacks. Racial prejudice was not a motivation as Ballinger was "a white man charged with setting fire to predominantly white churches," Acting Assistant Attorney General Bill Lann Lee, task force co-chairman, said at a news conference at the Justice Department. Ballinger traveled with his girlfriend, Angela Wood, 24, of Atlanta, as she worked as a stripper in several states.
Wood and another man, Donald A. Puckett, 37, of Lebanon, Ind., have told federal agents they took part with Ballinger in burning an Indiana church where they painted an upside-down cross on the steps as part of a satanic ritual. Mostly unemployed since he settled back into his parents' rural home in 1990, Ballingerhad two scrapes with the law before the arson case. In 1994, he was cited for giving minors alcohol. That same year, parents complained he was recruiting teen-agers into a cult. At Ballinger's home, Daleville Police Sgt. Mark Brewer confiscated about 50 contracts signed in blood by teen-agers who agreed to give their souls to the devil and do "all types of evil" in exchange for wealth, power and sex.
Ballinger was not charged and successfully sued to get the contracts back, Brewer said. Yeah, why that's religious persecution by the "evil xtians" against a harmless peace-loving Satanist! (The Capital, 4-14-01)
2001 Moscow,Russia On Mar 18, Russian police arrested a self described Satanist who confessed to sacrificing four people in a basement in ritual Satanic slayings. A fire reported in the building led to the discovery. When fire fighters arrived at the scene, they found the decomposed bodies of two women and two men. Three of them had been decapitated and one man's chest was cut open. There were candles around the bodies, which were also decorated with flowers (Agence France Presse, Interfax)
2001 London, England Londoners were horrified by the sight of the dimembered corpse of a child floating down the River Thames in Sept. The child had been murdered as part of a Voodoo sacrifice. The child, called "Adam" by police, turned out to be a Nigerian national, and lead police to breaking up a major child trafficking ring, possibly saving many other West African children from a life of slavery, prostitution, child pr0nography...and even worse.
Police say Adam had been earmarked for human sacrifice when he was smuggled into the UK. Richard Hoskins, a U.K.based expert on African religion and Voodoo, was called in on the case. He told reporters human sacrifice is a highly unusual aspect of black magic but that Nigerians themselves acknowledge that sacrificial killings often occur. He also added that Animal-blood offerings are deeply rooted in West African voodoo culture. It's regarded as a way to "communicate with the spirit world and gain protection from ancestral deities". To find out why and by whom, murder squad detectives traveled to Nigeria and the city of Benin. With the trafficking gang's ringleader now in jail, detectives remain hopeful that Adam's killers can finally be brought to justice. (BBC News)
2001 Dayton, OH Satanist Darrell W. Ferguson, 23, takes advatange of a 2-day pass to go on a crime and killing spree. While robbing people to fuel his huffing and crack habits, he brutally stabbed 61-year-old Thomas King Sr. in his Dayton home on Dec. 23, 2001, and stomped and kicked him with his steel-toed boots. A day later, he did the same to Arlie and Mae Fugate, aged 68 and 69. He left bloody impressions of his boot on the cheek of Mr. Fugate and on Mr. King's pants.
DNA testing of his boots found probable blood matches for all three victims. Ferguson confessed to the crimes with graphic detail after his arrest and personally requested the death penalty in letters to the judge and prosecutor. "What I done is done and if I could bring them back I wouldn't,'' his letter to the judge read. "I have no Remorse for what I did.'' In prison he taunted the families of his victims during his sentencing hearing and posted poems and essays about his crimes and his Satanic beliefs on his personal web site (um, why are murderers allowed to have websites???). Ferguson refused to participate in his own clemency hearing, and volunteered to hasten his execution. He was executed in 2006. (AP)
2001 North Ft. Myers, FL The North Fort Myers woman who police say went on a bloody rampage Sept. leaving her 6-year-old son dead practiced Wiccan witchcraft and went by the name “Palm Frond.” Leslie Wallace, 39, studied the Wicca religion and kept recipes for death spells and ailments for enemies, according to reports made public. In her Book of Shadows she wrote “Society itself is full of bigotry toward witches and witchcraft...As it doesn’t deal with Christianity, it is feared and loathed. My goal is to better learn of the craft and to apply it to being a solitary Wicca.”
Apparently this included murdering her kids. Yep, no better way to calm fears of irrational "xtians" like sacrificing your own offspring! According to police, Wallace deviated from the Wiccan rede (or maybe she just didn't think she was harming anyone) in September, when she killed her son James with a shotgun and tried to shoot her other two sons, including one whose life was literally saved by a Bible. [That noise you hear is Silver Ravenwolf grinding her teeth] After gunning down poor little James, Wallace drove to New Wine Ministries in North Fort Myers, where she tried to gun down her son, Kenneth, 16, sending a panic through the church (oh, you xtians are so prejudiced against Wiccans!). The boy’s life was spared when the shotgun blast hit a Bible he held in front of him.
Police said she next went to a Pizza Hut in North Fort Myers where she tried to kill Gregory. But that attempt failed, too, when Wallace couldn’t get through the locked doors. The rampage ended in a gun battle with Lee County sheriff’s deputies on the Fort Myers side of the Caloosahatchee Bridge. After firing at deputies, Wallace was shot and critically wounded. Wallace, who was contemplating a divorce in the days before the shooting, is now in the Lee County Jail facing one count of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder, four counts of aggravated assault and four counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.
Prosecution says it will seek the death penality. Her sister said in a statement that Leslie Wallace bragged about being bipolar and that the courts "wouldn’t do anything to her.” Blessed Be! (USA Today)
2001 Llanfairpwll on Anglesey,Wales 17 y.o. paperboy Mathew Hardman is found guilty and recieves a life sentence for murdering his 90 year old neighbor Mabel Leyshon. Hardman denied all the charges and allegations,but DNA found at the murder scene matched that of blood found on a knife at Hardman's home. Hardman was obsessed with vampires and the occult, and had told others he wanted to kill someone "in order to become immortal". In Nov. of '01, he broke into her house, stabbed her 22 times and drank her blood as part of an occult ritual. he also mutilated her body before placing pokers at her feet in the shape of a cross. Her heart had been removed, wrapped in newspaper and placed in a saucepan on a silver platter next to her body.
Prosecution said the murder was carefully planned. Two months before Mrs Leyshon's murder, Hardman had accused a 16-year-old German girl of being a vampire. Claiming she was "one of them", he begged the student to bite his neck so that he too could become a vampire. When she refused, he became violent and began insisting, pressing his neck against her mouth. Eventually the girl had to summon help. The prosecution also outlined how Hardman had surfed the internet for vampire websites and had read a magazine which featured an article on how to conduct a black mass (btw, is that how you got here?). Kids, there are no real vampires, and vampires are evil. Evil is not something you want. If you want to be a vampire, please see the LINKS page on this website to find help (BBC News)
2001 Las Vegas, NV Wiccan Brookey Lee West was arrested for slaying her mother, while continuing to collect her mother's Social Security checks. In 1998 West told acquaintances that she sent her elderly mother to live with West's brother in California. Some doubted her story and suspected foul play, but three years came and went before their suspicions were confirmed. In February 2001, authorities found Smith's body sealed in a plastic garbage can inside a Las Vegas storage unit. The can had sprung a leak, and the overpowering stench from the liquefied remains led to the discovery of the secret tomb.
Next to the garbage can, investigators found books on Wicca and the occult, including a handwritten Book of Shadows written in Thebes. Police would connect Smith to several murders throughout her life. Author Scott Mitchell later remarked, "She just got overconfident," he said. "She got away with so much for so long, she just became a little too casual."Smith was a "gernerational witch". Her father, Leroy Smith, had also been a practioner of Wicca and also a white supremacist. The crimes are detailed in the book, Witch: The True Story of Las Vegas's Most Notorious Female Killer. The family's occult links showed themselves in the mid-1980s, when West was embroiled in a custody dispute with the father of her 8-year-old daughter.
West wanted to give the girl up for adoption, but the father, Ronald Viramontes, refused to sign away his parental rights. In the middle of the dispute, Leroy Smith sent Viramontes a threatening letter that included pentagrams and satanic curses. Four days after the letter arrived, a masked man knocked on Viramontes' door and shot his 86-year-old grandmother in the chest. She survived, and the case remains unsolved. "She had a history, along with her father, of trying to eliminate people when they got in their way," Clark County prosecutor Scott Mitchell said of Brookey Lee West. "Once you showed yourself to be in opposition to anything Brookey Lee West wanted to do, your life was in danger." Blessed Be! (Witch: The True Story of Las Vegas' Most Notorious Female Killer Berkley True Crime)
2001 Swansea, Wales Satanist Richard Cullen, 44, taped 21 y.o. Elizabeth Sims-Rees’s hands together and repeatedly smashed her head with a rubber mallet. Then he throttled her with a shirt, before carrying the 21-year-old upstairs and raping her. Cullen claimed the incident started over an argument about the T.V. show,Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Cullen was jailed for five years in 1990 for arson and possession of a firearm, and again in 1993 for indecent assault and threats to kill. He had told the woman victim in the indecent assault case about his devil worship, and claimed to have sacrificed dogs in rituals because the species’ name was God spelt backwards. He recieved life in prison.(WalesOnline)
2001 Madrid, Spain In December, police disrupted a Satanic ritual in progress with the participants performing Satanic rites using dissected eagles, goats and entrails. The Satanists escaped by clambering out through the roof, leaving the officers to examine blood-splattered walls on which was written "Satan will conquer" and in various places the number 6. Police were dispatched after people complained about the noise from a disused slaughterhouse in a suburb of the week prior, leading to the raid. A neighbour said: "They were kicking up a lot of noise and had prepared a fire." Police are worried that they had also used bottles of diseased sliced pig, jars of animal remains and chemicals that were left in cupboards at the abattoir when it closed two years ago. "We are particularly concerned about containers labelled 'porcine disease'," an officer said. Eagles are a protected species in Spain, and use of protected birds by Satanic sects is being investigated by police. (Telegraph News)
2002 Manahttan, NY Two self-described psychics, Sonia Merino, 50 and her daughter-in-law, Nasta Merino, 23 were arrested and charged with five counts each of mail fraud for allegedly conning clients into paying thousands of dollars in fees to "free them from bad karma". The pair offered psychic readings for as little as $10 but would then tell clients that additional sessions, ranging up to $20,000, were needed to drive away a curse or some negative spiritual force. One client told investigators that he gave Sonia Merino more than $518,000 in checks, a 1999 Volkswagen Beetle, a CD player and a personal computer over a three-year period after first going to her for a tarot card reading in 1996 after a failed romance. He says Sonia told him he needed a series of costlier sessions including a request for $750,000 to pay a group of psychics to conduct all-night meditations on his behalf. One victim was quoted in the affidavit as saying that Sonia Merino threatened to put a curse on her when she refused to pay several thousand dollars for a series of sessions. Another told of being badgered with phone calls every few hours throughout the night. In addition to mail fraud, Sonia and her husband Steve, 44, were charged with tax fraud for allegedly underreporting $750,000 in income from 1995 through 1999. Sonia Merino also sold clients what she described as "holy water" from the Vatican but analysis showed it was Manhattan Beach tap water, authorities said. Nasta Merino was accused of selling at least one person "holy water" from Ste.-Anne-de-Beaupre, a Catholic shrine near Quebec City, Canada, which is frequented by invalids seeking miracle cures. It, too, came from a local tap. (AP)
2002 Bochum, Germany A couple who killed a friend by stabbing him 66 times in a Satanic ritual were jailed in Jan. Daniel Ruda, a 26-year-old former car parts salesman, and his 23-year-old wife Manuela had confessed to the killing in their apartment, surrounded by human skulls, cemetery lights, scalpels and incense. The dead man, a 33-year-old colleague of Daniel Ruda's, was found in the couple's apartment covered in knife wounds and with a scalpel protruding from his stomach. A pentagram, the sign of the Devil, had been carved into his chest. A judge in the western town of Bochum sentenced Daniel to 15 years and Manuela 13 years in a psychiatric ward. Manuela, a former high school student who said she drifted into the "Gothic" scene after the devil contacted her when she was 14, slept in a coffin in their apartment. The court heard how Manuela acquired a taste for vampirism during a visit to London, where she attended "bite parties" at which people voluntarily had blood sucked from their veins. She met Daniel after responding to his advertisement in a heavy metal magazine that read: "Pitch black vampire seeks princess of darkness who hates everything and everyone."They have shown no remorse, saying the devil ordered them to send him a human sacrifice because he wanted a "court jester". Daniel said he had merely been a tool of the devil. "If you run someone over with a car, you don't prosecute the car," he said at one point.(serialkillercalendar.com)
2002 Tucson, AZ Jason Paul Doty, the "Aryan Satanist" who murdered Grady Towers in March 2000, was found guilty on January 18, 2002. His sentencing hearing is coming up in a few weeks. He recieved 2 life sentences. His "spiritual war to purify the white race" prompted Doty to shoot a security guard at Tohono Chul Park and brag about the sacrifice to friends. Grady Mitchell Towers, 55, was killed because Doty, 29, needed to slay a white person on March 20, 2000—the Spring Equinox—to achieve magical powers, Deputy County Attorney Teresa Godoy told jurors. Jurors heard excerpts from letters Doty wrote to friends and from an "archive" he kept of his activities. "Violence is the law, death to the dove. Behold the terror in [Towers'] eyes," Godoy read from Doty's writings. He was shot 7 times; once in the upper chest, above the left eye, in the back of the head and all other shots were to the left side of the head—two shots against the head. The Satanist Doty also remains the primary suspect in the unsolved murder of Robin Hay, a mother of two who was brutally slashed to death in March 2000 at the eegee’s restaurant at Ina and Thornydale roads where she worked. (Pima County Attorney's Office)
2002 Los Angeles, California The company that operated a telephone psychic line that saturated the airwaves with infomercials was brought to court by the Federal Trade Commisison for fraud. It seemed rather than give people a "free reading" as promised, the company (Psychic Friends Network) was charging folks a hefty $6.00 per minute (as much as Sprint charges for a call to Vietnam). One man sued after his "free" call cost him $300. Lady Cleo (who's real name is Youree Harris), the infomercial's star, had seemed to lose credibility with the public after failing to predict the terrorist attacks on the U.S.A. on 9-11-01. It also turned out the spokeswoman, "Lady Cleo", wasn't a Jamaican born psychic, but a Californian actress with a phony accent. Harris wrote a play called "Women Only" in which she cast herself as a Jamaican woman. This characther became the basis for her psychic Cleo charachter. In 2006 Harris apparently tried to gain some publicity by "coming out" and admitting she was a lesbian. The story only recieved coverage in a few gay newspapers and was largely ignored by the mainstream press. You don't have to be psychic to figure our her acting career is over. (Court TV)
2002 Leesberg, Virginia "Dr. Robert Schwartz, 57, was a founding member of the Virginia Biotechnology Association, and the Executive Director of Research and Development at Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology. In his farmhouse he was stabbed and slashed repeatedly with a sword and an 'X' was carved in the back of his neck . His daughter, who identifies herself as a Wiccan high priestess, and three of her fellow pagans have been charged." [Globe and Mail, 5/4/02] All were part of what they called a coven, and interested in magic, fantasy and self-mutilation. The police have no motive as to why they would have wanted to kill Schwartz, who was a single parent and said to be very close to his children. One of the Wiccan murderers, who has a history of mental illness, says he was given permission to kill Schwartz by "vampires and creatures named Ordog, Sabba and Nicodemus". Schwartz worked at Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology on DNA sequencing and pathogenic microorganisms. Despite wiccans always claiming how scientists endorse Wicca, I guarentee you one at least who wouldn't if he were still alive! (AP)
2002 Prince William County VA Russell John Smith a.k.a "Reverend Sorath." operated his own Satanic internet website called "The Order of Perdition", open to Satanists & "Left Hand Path Pagans." "Satanismallows for indulgence in life and its pleasures rather than abstinence, as Christianity preaches," Smith wrote on his website. Smith’s "indulgences" included talking 12year old girls into sex as part of a Satanic sex ritual. He was charged with rape and forcible sodomy of a child and was eventually sentenced to 48 years in prison. After allegations surfaced that Smith, 37, had repeatedly molested two girls, he resigned his job as a corrections officer and was on the lam, along with his 12 y.o. daughter. Police searched Smith’s home & found a goat skull with a pentagram drawn on it, black robes, black candles, young girls’ underwear. His spells couldn’t keep him out of jail, and he became America’s Most Wanted capture #720. Russell Smith tried to evade serving hard time by attempting to slash his wrists with a piece of tin foil from a juice carton. But a judge saw right though it and sentenced him to 48 years in prison. I guess his magic doesn't work either. The Order of Perdition "excommunicated" Smith, and stated on their website : "We ...DO NOT promote or have anything to do with Child Abuse, Animal Abuse or Animal Sacrifice, Illegal Substances, or ANY Criminal Activities what so ever." But even LaVey didn’t measure up to those standards in real life according to his family! The website is gone at this writing, and the order has apparently been disbanded. Perhaps eventually they’ll get tired of apologizing and realize Satanism is for criminals and ditch it. (America's Most Wanted)
2003 Portsmouth, England A 26-year-old druid was arrested in for going to the hardware store while wearing his ceremonial sword and dagger. The sword, named Talesin <snicker>, was confiscated by police as evidence. Apparently he didn't think the store owners would be afraid some clown dressed as a wizard wearing a sword & might be scared they would be robbed or something. Hey, you never know when you're going to need your sword at ACE Hardware. Chief druid "King Arthur Pendragon", who believes he's the reincarnation of King Arthur and claims a spiritual age of 1,451 years, wearing white robes with a red lion emblazoned on the front, acted as Williams's legal adviser...and he's not a crackpot! King Arthur had been arrested several times himself since 1985 for trying to gain admittance to Stonehenge during the Summer solstice, but the charges were always dropped. England has a high tolerance for eccentrics, and the man was freed by the court. The sword could not be reached for comment. (BBC News)
2003 San Mateo, CA Janet Adams, 41, was arrested Saturday after police say she fleeced a Half Moon Bay teen out of $15,000 -- payment to ward off the bad fortune she predicted. San Mateo Police Lt. Kevin Raffaelli said the 19-year-old met Adams in December, when Adams did a psychic reading for her. Adams got the teen's phone number, and called her asking for more money to perform incantations to protect her and her family from harm, Raffaelli said. `This 19-year-old was very innocent, very vulnerable,'' Alberti said. Over several months, Adams would make predictions that the woman's family members were about to die, and would tell her that she needed to pay or the predictions would come true, Alberti said. The victim had access to a parent's bank account, and also charged payments on her credit cards, Alberti said. (AP)
2003, Tokyo, Japan Japanese 'psychic' Shunichi Miyazaki,55, and his group were arrested for fraud. A Japanese man has been arrested along with eight "disciples" on suspicion of fraud, after taking millions of yen in fees for performing exorcism rites on the public. Most of the victims were believed to be women in their 20s or 30s, the Daily Yomiuri said. Police said that the group dressed in tennis clothes and carried racquets or violin cases to make them appear more "credible" when approaching potential clients in public places, such as train stations.The group members told passers-by: "Your back is possessed by the spirit of a dead woman and she has attached strings to your neck," or "the spirit of a dead man with severed legs is cling to your waist," the Daily Yomiuri reported. The group, led by 55-year-old Shunichi Miyazaki, is suspected of charging more than 1,000 people between 30,000 and 1 million yen ($253-8,449) for an exorcism, the paper said. "When I was a high school student, I nearly drowned. After the incident I came to have psychic power. I didn't mean to cheat them and it is not a fraud," he was quoted as saying. (The Daily Yomiuri)
2003 Roanoke, VA Satanist Terry Dale Duncan, 30, says he tried to ‘disassemble’ his month-old son. Duncan, who claims to be a Satanist, was convicted of attempted capital murder. The child, identified previously as Terrence Alexander Duncan, likely would have died if not for intervention from a Child Health Investment Partnership nurse and a social worker who visited the Duncans after the boy missed a doctor’s appointment. Doctors discovered the child had suffered fractures to a leg, a shinbone and both collarbones. Bruises covered his nose, forehead and eyes. They later discovered a wound that appeared to be a cigarette burn at the back of his throat.(AP)
2003 Des Moines, Iowa In Nov. Iowa Melissa Fernandez, 20, is charged with one count of child endangerment. Tina Kish said she was shocked by what her daughters told her about the times they stayed with Fernandez, a family friend and baby sitter who also lives in the Park Ridge Apartment complex on Indianola Avenue. Kish said the girls told her that Fernandez served them alcohol, and got one of them drunk. The girls also said Fernandez taught them things about witchcraft, took them to an abandoned building Fernandez told them is haunted, and allowed one girl to cut herself as part of a blood ritual. Fernandez admitted she studies Satanism as a "religion", but denies she practices witchcraft. Fernandez admits she's a cutter, like many Wiccans and Satanists, it seems. "I had cut myself. I do that kind of out of habit now. And she just kind of copied me," Fernandez said. Fernandez also admitted to getting the kids drunk, "I had been drinking a little bit that night. And they pretty much wanted to try it, like kids always do," Fernandez said. However, she tried to explain away the Satanism part, I can completely understand the charges for distributing alcohol to a minor, and I will fess up to that, but anything else I completely do not understand," Fernandez said. Fernandez said she simply showed the girls the movie "Practical Magic," which is about witches, and the twin's Satanism claims are just "a misunderstanding". Eeeeeeyeah. (AP)
2003 North Carolina - Wiccan Janine Sutphen, 57, a cellist with the Durham North Cartolina Symphony Orchestra, became suspicioua of her husband's spending practices. She, along with Wiccan husband William James Petrick, were part of a polygamist marriage. Sutphen's remains turned up in North Carolina's Falls Lake in May 2003. Her body was wrapped up in sleeping bags and a chain was tied around her legs. The absence of apparent wounds led police to determine the cause of death was asphyxiation. Petrick rejected an initial plea deal to second-degree murder and fraud charges. But just before jury selection began in July in his fraud trial, he pleaded no contest to a single count of obtaining property by false pretenses and admitted to being a habitual felon.Sutphen's remains turned up in North Carolina's Falls Lake in May 2003. Her body was wrapped up in sleeping bags and a chain was tied around her legs. The absence of apparent wounds led police to determine the cause of death was asphyxiation. Following an investigation of the couple's home, Petrick was charged with multiple counts of fraud related to bogus checks, including one for $47,866 alone. Petrick dismissed his defense attorney and decided to represent himself, just like Ted Bundy and other psychotic killers have done in the past. He got life in prison. From this we can conclude 1. His money spells didn't work, which is why he had to steal. 2. His magic couldn't gain him his freedom 3. Criminal types are attracted to the occult. (AP)
2003 Lake Placid, Florida A little publicized case occured when a man was arrested for the murder of his wife. The two were both Satanists and made their living owning a funeral home. One night the couple engaged in a sex game involving drainig the blood out his wife necks with a syringe and drinking it. The vampire "game" went to far when the bleeding got out of hand, and the wife bled to death. He was arerested for murder. (local undrertaker)
2003 North Jersey, NJ - Karen R. Mitchell, 32, of Allendale has to answer charges of theft by deception for claiming to be a psychic and bilking a client out of nearly $24,000 over two years.The client told police the scam began on her first visit when Mitchell said she needed more time for a séance and asked her to get more money from an automated teller machine. At one point she and the soothsayer traveled to New York City to buy a $12,000 Tourneau watch so they could "turn back time." The watch was among jewelry and clothing that police say persuaded the woman to buy. In other instances, the client was persuaded to buy clothing to dress up figures to look like people from her past. (AP)
2003 Pompano Beach,FL On 11-6-03 cops say Jean-Marie Jean-Francois beat his girlfriend Fritz-Anna to death as part of a well thought out plan. Jean-Francois had abused the woman throughout their relationship. Jean-Francois was a Voodoo practitioner, who had his own handwritten book of spells, and he was more than just a "dabbler". Jean-Francois led a double life; on the one hand, he seemed like a church going man, but police say nothing could mask his obsession with voodoo, seduction and pain. Jean-Marie Jean-Francois is still at large and could be hiding out among Florida's Hatian community, Canada, or Haiti. Anyone with any information should call law enforcement or 1-800-CRIME-TV. (America's Most Wanted)
2003 Burton, MI - Two girls and their mother spent six years in constant fear, hiding from a devil worshipper who raped the girls dozens of times while he baby-sat them. On Halloween when the family received an anonymous “Friday the 13th” videotape depicting two sisters being killed. Fearful that David Lindensmith, 40, would kill them, the girls finally went to police and detailed a horrific story of molestationthat began in 1992 when they were 4 and 6 years old. The girls, now 14 and 16, told police Lindensmith pointed a pistol at them and threatened to kill them if they went to police. Genesee County Sheriff Robert J.Pickell said Lindensmith met the girls in 1992 when he became their mother’s boyfriend for a short time. A search of Lindensmith’s Bergin Avenue home turned up 300 DVDs and four computer hard drives with images of child pornography, Pickell said. Police also found satanic cult items in his house, along with books they said he used to cast evil spells on people. (GCSD Press Releases)
2003 King's Moutain SC Police shut down a home explosives lab operated by Phillip Lovelace, Jonathan Garrett, Roger McFarland and George Adams the third, who all belonged to a Satanic cult. The police chief says the group tested homemade napalm and Molotov cocktails in unoccupied places in town and possibly threw one at an Amtrak train driving through town where it bounced off. Police also discovered occult books, and several copies of The Satanic Bible. (NTI: Global Security Newswire)
2004 Egg Harbor Township, NJ A woman found six beheaded birds while walking along the beach on 11-4-04. The six large birds (a goose, pheasant, chicken and other birds) were grouped in twos and all were facing in the same direction. The New Jersey Society for the Prevention and Cruelty to Animals is investigating. SPCA officials said they believe the birds were killed as part of a ritualistic sacrifice. "The location is right where the old Hutton mansion used to be and there had been a lot of reported devil worship and things like that going in there," said Rich Frank. The Hutton mansion was built in the 1920s. Heiress Barbara Hutton, who had been married to actor Cary Grant, allegedly held seances there. The mansion was torn down in 2002, but investigators said this latest animal sacrifice shows the lure of the mansion is still there. To date the case remains unsolved. SPCA investigators are asking anyone with information on the beheadings to call them at 609-927-9059.
2004, Columbia, SC- Wiccan Richard Legette shot and killed Chris Clark at the Lexington Green condominiums in an argument over a woman. Prosecutors at Legette's bond hearing said Legette is a Wiccan and that Wiccans don't believe the government of a Christian nation can dispense justice (apparently stemming from a comment Legette made). Legget's "fiance" said Legette is actually a Neopagan, NOT a Wiccan, (heavens, they wouldn't want to be one of THOSE weirdos!) and that what he was charged with had nothing to do with his beliefs. Apparently Legget's magic couldn't win his girlfriend or his freedom. (AP)
2004 Milan, Itlay A Satanist named Andrea Volpe (age 27) who lead a rock band called "The Beasts of Satan" was arrested along with two other band members for the murder of his girlfriend Elizabeth Ballarin (age 18) . Police discovered Volpe was also responsible for the murder of other band members: in 1998 of Fabio Tollis (age 16). It was also discovered the band members belonged to a Satanic cult called "The Beasts of Satan", the same name as the band. Police began to link Volpe's cult to several unexplained murders and questionable "suicides" that occured over the years in northern Milan. Volpe's girlfriend's murder, Chiara Marino, and had occured on a Friday the 13th during a full moon. Police also suspect the cult in other cases that were particularly baffling: two young men, at least one of them close to the alleged Satanists, both of whom worked in the Legnano cemetery and both of whom killed themselves in the past six months.Angelo Lombardo, 28, a guard at the cemetery, was the first to die. On a Sunday afternoon last December he went into the porter’s lodge at the cemetery, doused himself in petrol and set himself on fire. Visitors to the cemetery found him still in flames and writhing in agony. He was taken to hospital with 80 per cent burns but died four days later. Then, in May this year, his friend Luca Colombo, 21, a florist at the same cemetery, hanged himself from a tree in his parent’s garden. Before his death, Luca confided in friends and relatives that he was frightened. A local woman who claims to have been his girlfriend for five months told Corriere della Sera newspaper, “For the first three months he was happy, funny and very sweet. Then suddenly he changed. He wasn’t himself any more: nervous, bad tempered, always scowling … Just once he said that one day he would explain [the problem], but that moment never arrived.”He is known to have been friendly with some members of the sect, and particularly close to Nicola Sapone, the plumber who is thought to be its leader. As more evidence of the sect’s crimes emerged, people have began coming forward to denounce the police for failing to follow up satanic leads from years ago. Pasqualina Antonini, the mother of Chiara Marino, who died from stab wounds and whose remains were discovered earlier this month, has told reporters she gave police a full account of the Satanists she held responsible soon after her daughter’s disappearance more than six years ago.Volpe later plead guilty to his part in both murders of Tollis and Marino, and recieved 30 years. In 2006, Nicola Sapone, one of the leaders of the Beasts of Satan rock band, was sentenced to life behind bars for the double homicide. (telegraph.co.uk/news)
2004 The Bronx, NY A woman was arrested in the February death of her good friend during a Santeriaritual that went awry when candles "accidentally" ignited a flammable liquid and engulfed the victim in flames, police said. (AP)
2004 Hialeah, Florida -- Hialeah police arrested Pablo Fauria, 62, a Santeria priest who used his position tosexually abuse two children. Fauria was charged with 20 counts of sexual battery and sexual abuse. Police said Fauria offered to help the children after their parents died. But investigators discovered Fauria had sexually abused the 12 y.o. and 13 y.o. since 2000. (AP)
2004 Hopewell NJ Hopewell Township police think the human skull found in the Delaware River Nov. 22 may have been used in a Palo Mayombe ritual. Capt. George Meyer of the township police said Monday that the investigation has led authorities to believe the skull may have been a ceremonial artifact used in cult rituals by a Palo Mayombe priest. "According to experts we've contacted, the Palo Mayombe religion requires that such a skull be disposed of in a river, and in a way that seems related to the objects found with the skull," the captain said in a Hopewell Valley News article. (AP)
2004 Jenner, OH Christian camp counselors Jason Allen, 26, and his fiancee, Lindsay Cutshall, 22, spread sleeping bags on the sand of a secluded cove that locals refer to as Driftwood or Fish Head Beach. The young Ohio couple also placed a Bible near where they slept, and where ultimately they died as martyrs for Christ. The two had taken a vow of chastity until they were married and slept in seperate sleeping bags. That night someone emerged from the darkness and shot each of them once in the head. The devil drawings on a piece of driftwood seemed to indicate a Satanic murder. A local homeless man, Jeff Winkler, claimed he drew the devil picture weeks earlier, but did not kill them. He also said he "hated Christians", but was not a Satanist. The case may have been the work of occultists. At any rate, the case is still unsolved and was featured on America's Most Wanted. Anyone with information on the murder should call the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department. (AP)
2004 Pretoria, South Africa Satanist and Tatoo artist Robbie "Goggaman" Robbie Classen (38) recieved 60 years for multiple counts of rape, indecent assault and abduction on a girl aged 7 at the time and her 9 and 11 year old brothers. Classen claimed the children accusing him of sexual abuse confused him a look-a-like...extremely unlikely considering the unique tatoos covering his body. Classen's body was a mass of occult tattoos, including one on his penis. The victim's mother told authorities she had known it was there because the children had told her about it before she ever met Classen. Classen sodomised the boys, made the children eat insects, even injected one of the boys with his own blood, and tried to teach the children "astral projection", among other things. The girl claimed she was tied to a cross upside down and raped. Despite Classen's claims to innocence, medical evidence corroborated the children’s claims that they had been raped and sodomised. Classen had a long list of previous convictions for drug-related crimes and had spent time in jail for robbery.(theherald.co.za)
2004 Escondido,CA In August Police arrested a "Gypsy", Fatima Demetro, 31, who is wanted for allegedly scamming an Illinois woman out of $80,000. Police believe she may also have duped local residents.The self-proclaimed psychic, palm reader and healer is known to target Latinos, police said. Demetro is accused of befriending a mother and daughter in McHenry, Ill., who used her services because they were down on their luck and overweight, Gaylor said. Police say she convinced the older woman that her luck would change if she cleansed her life savings of $80,000. The woman withdrew the money, all in $100 bills, and gave it to Demetro. During a seance involving vegetables and live lizards, the cash was wrapped into a white handkerchief. The women were asked to stare at a candle.They were given back the handkerchief and told to place it under a bed for several days, police said. "When they open up the (handkerchief), they find cut-up newspaper," a police officer said. Demetro also is wanted in another Illinois case. She is accused of telling a client that his wife had been unfaithful and he was not the father of their unborn child, police said.The man paid her with his wedding ring and ended up killing his wife, stabbing her 80 times, police said. Anyone who believes they might have been victimized by Demetro is asked to call Escondido police at (760) 839-4972 (AP)
2005 Odessa, Ukraine In June, Diana Semenuha, 29, A self described practioner of black magic and "vampire" was arrested in the Ukraine after luring street children into her home for their blood. Semenuha believed that drinking blood could fend off a muscle-wasting condition. She kept the children intoxicated on drugs and alcohol and bled them regularly, selling the surplus to other black magic practitioners. Semenuha's arrest exposed an occult network in the city. Many claimed to have been taught by Semenuha and said that she would cut herself and let them drink her blood. When that weakened them, she dumped them back on the streets and lured replacements with the promise of a place to sleep and a hot meal. Police raided Semenuha's apartment in the Black Sea port of Odessa after a tip-off. Olga Buravceva, a police spokesman, said: "The apartment was painted black, with all the windows covered with thick black cloth to stop natural light coming in. The only light came from black candles, and there was a heavy, sickening odour of some sort of incense in the air." Detectives found seven drugged children strapped to beds and benches, and a large, black knife and silver goblet engraved with Satanic symbols. "The arrested woman told us that she was helping people, who wanted to cast an evil spell on their rivals or enemies. She became known in the society of black magicians. We found the 'witch diploma' in her apartment, which she received from Red Dragon magic order in the beginning of the last year."(Interfax)
2005 Friday Harbor, WA On "Samhain" (Oct. 31st) A 25 y.o. Satanist Robert Wilson, known as "Reverend" described as "a former card-carrying member of the Church of Satan", allegedly conducted 'rituals' at which bare-breasted girls as young as 13 were "fondled and groped" by adult males, according to several witnesses who spoke to the San Juan Free Press. According to several of the participants, the scenario included two bare-breasted underage girls on the floor being "groped and fondled" by adult males. They were being watched by six or seven adults and underage teenagers, all of them naked from the waist up. Everyone was consuming alcohol. At one point the 'Reverend' threw water on the people present, "spoke in a strange language" [probably Enochian], and one underage participant got a cut on her ear that required six stitches later that night at the medical center. The event was not a one-time occurance, either. The accused "Reverend" fled San Juan County after the Sheriff's Office filed a report on the case to the prosecutor, and is still at large. (San Juan Free Press)
2005 Guwahati,India In February, a Pagan Hindu mob lynched a tribal couple for allegedly practisingwitchcraft and then carried the two severed heads around as trophies in a brutal incident in Assam near Guwahati,India. A police spokesman Saturday said the mob killed the Bodo tribal couple of Alengi Bazar village in western Assam's Kokrajhar district. A senior police said that "...the incident was influenced by beliefs that [they] were practising sorcery and black magic,". Hinduism is the oldest Pagan religion on the planet, and is chock full of superstitons about sorcery, demons, and black magic. (South Asia News)
2005 San Bernadino, CA A high-school student who practices Wiccan beliefs says his rights have been violated after being suspended this week for wearing lipstick and makeup. "If I can't wear makeup, then the girls or the staff can't wear makeup either," [so there big stupid heads, nyah, nyah, nyah!] a very mature16-year-old James Herndon told the San Bernadino Sun, believing his "constitutional right to free expression" is being violated. He says the cosmetics help him "express his neopagan religious beliefs in the supernatural", which he shares with his mother [and probably her make-up too], Valerie Wallace, a Wiccanpriestess."After my divorce from his father, he became very depressed, and wearing the makeup makes him feel good," Wallace said. The ACLU decided to take the case to court. Since Wicca is a make-it-up-as-you-go-along occult religion, anything can have religious signifcance. Do you think if I delcared that Bill Gates is diriminating against me because my Wiccan beliefs say he should give me $ 1 Billion and he won't, that I'd have a case? (AP)
2005 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan A 16 y.o.girland 27-year-old - holding hands jumped down from a roof of a 12-story building in the Vostok neighbourhood on 8 August. Two more people committed suicide in the same way and in the same place on 12 July. Police officers found Satanic literature at the site in both cases. A witness said, "This notebook was about Satan. The last page said that we must sacrifice ourselves for Satan, there was their signature and the date. First, they threw the notebook down and after that they jumped here from the roof." Neighbors of the girls confirmed they were into Satanism, and even sported Satanic tattoos. Another neighbor claimed the girls all belonged to a sect of 14 members, led by a young man. (Kyrgyz Independent Bishkek Television)
2005 Paris, France In March Paris police officials announced an alarming increase in grave desecrations, apparently related to Satanism.Vandals left satanic symbols such as inverse crosses, pentagrams and demonic numbers at scenes of their crimes. Officials noted 23 cases from January to August 2004 compared to 18 for the whole year of 2003. Cemetery profanations have been especially frequent in eastern French regions such as Alsace, where the report said Satanist groups had linked up with neo-Nazis. Swastikas and satanic symbols have been found spray-painted on tombstones in Christian, Jewish and Muslim cemeteries in eastern France over the past year. (The Paris News)
2005 Queens, NY 20 y.o. Daniel Romano claims he was beaten up because he was a member of the Church of Satan. Romano, who still lives with his mom, wears makeup, blue hair, goth tyoe clothes and inverted crosses says he was persecuted for his religion by two neighbor boys, with whom he's had run-ins in the past. The Church of Satan however, denies Romano's a member. High priest of the Manhattan-based church said, “I don’t know the guy,” said High Priest Peter Gilmore, the church’s leader. “I can’t vouch if he is a Satanist or not. He might be somebody that’s out for publicity. Anybody who says he’s a Satanist, and is not a member, we don’t support,” Gilmore added. “How can we? There’s a lot of crazy people out there.” What? You mean a 20 y.o. with blue hair and dresses like Edward Scisorhands just wants attention??? (AP)
2005 Springfield, Ohio - In a little publicized case (considering the crime), a Wiccan couple was charged with the ritualistic murder of their 13 month old infant daughter, Jacqueline Mae Cooper. The stepfather, Daniel Duffield, 32, was charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter, child endangering and felonious assault involving puncturing the girl's feet and face. The girl's mother, Vanessa McGlumphy, 25, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and child endangering. Aside from a fatal neck injury, the toddler's body was also riddled with more than 40 puncture wounds, 12 broken ribs and a lacerated liver. Prosecutors believed religious tattoos on the two Wiccans matched puncture wounds on the toddler's feet. McGlumphy, in an attempt to pin all the blame on her hubby, said Duffield was of a "different religion" than she, and a "black pagan". She claimed the sacrifice was done as part of a ritual of Duffield's "religion". Surprisingly, in this intolerant "xtian" nation that hates Wiccans so much, the couple only recieved 15 years for the stepfather, and 10 years for the mother. Hardly worth the life of a baby if you ask me. (AP)
2005 Denmark A Danish Satanist accused of having sex with and pimping his 10-year-old daughter to a slew of men went on trial in Denmark in a case that has shocked the Scandinavian country.The case, Denmark’s highest-profile incest and pedophilia trial, has made headlines since the man’s arrest in August 2005. The accused, 47, a member of a Satanic cult, told police in December he repeatedly had sex with his daughter between February and August 2005, when the girl was aged 10 and 11. Police arrested the man after receiving an anonymous tip. Placing advertisements in papers and on the internet, the man is alleged to have invited men to his house in Toender, in southwestern Denmark, to pay to have sex with his daughter. The man pleaded guilty in court. Fourteen clients have already been convicted in recent months and sentenced to jail terms of up to six years for having sex with the girl. Prosecutors have also charged the man with physically abusing his second daughter in 2003 and 2004 when she was six and seven. The girls’ 43-year-old mother, a schizophrenic, was sentenced in December to a secure psychiatric hospital for an undetermined period for complicity to incest. The man went on trial for the crimes in 2007. If convicted the man faces a maximum 18 years in jail. (theaustralian.news.com.au)
2005 Olympia, WA Wiccan Burt Stockstill, 33, recieved two life sentences for raping children. At the time of the trial the District Attorney's Office said Stockstill claimed he was a witch, made the children eat feces and raped the youngsters as part of his brand of the Wiccan sex ritual known as "the Great Rite". In what prosecutors called a bizarre case, Wiccan Michelle C. Littlefield (who recieved 25 years) allowed her children, now 6 and 9, to be raped and abused by her roommate, Burt Stockstill who had changed his name to "Eion Woodcraft" after becoming a Wiccan. The grandfather of one of the boys called Stockstill a monster who used Wicca, also called "white" witchcraft, as a catalyst to force bizarre acts on the boys. "This ritual is designed to do one thing: break down the inhibitions of all of those involved," the grandfather said. During the trial, both defendants took the stand in their own defense. Stockstill first denied practicingWicca, but then admitted to it on cross-examination. Blessed Be! (AP)
2005 Chicago, IL David Rodriguez, 18, was upset when his girlfriend dumped him. He decided the best way to win her back was with a Satanic ritual...yeah, forget all that candy and flowers junk. Rodriguez and a 15 y.o. Satanist friend kidnapped a 6 y.o. girl and an 8 y.o. boy outside a South Side library and intended to carve a pentacle on the girl's chest as part of a love spell to win back Rodriguez's girlfriend. Since they decided they only needed the 6 y.o. girl for the ritual, they let her brother go and he ran off and told people on the street about the kidnapping. Rodriguez took the girl to his house then headed out to the store to get some candles and incense for the ritual. The police busted in and got the girl out and then they arrested Rodriguez when he came home. Luckily the girl was unharmed. The love lorn magicians were charged with kidnapping. Ya know, I wonder why his girlfriend dumped him in the first place? (AP)
2005 Athens, Greece Asimakis Katsoulas,31, the leader of a 20-member Satanic cult and convicted Satanist cult killer has been re-arrested in Itea, Greece on charges of attempted assault and rape of a young woman while on a 5-day leave from Malandrinos prison. Katsoulas is serving two life sentences for the ritual killing of two women, including a 15-year-old girl. Call me overly cautious, but should Satanic killers get 5 day furloughs??? They might want to re-think that. (The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 05-03-29)
2005 Papua,New Guinea Pagan Raphael Kogun and his family murdered a middle-aged married couple who they were convinced had become possessed by evil spirits. In the highlands witches are known as "sangumas" and superstitous people think witches can assume the form not only of humans, but animals such as dogs, pigs, rats and snakes. A surge in the illegal growing of marijuana in the emerald green valleys has contributed to black magic paranoia, experts sa"We chopped their heads off with an axe and a bush knife," said the 27-year-old farmer from Goroka, in Eastern Highlands province. "I felt sorry for them but they were witches, they deserved to die. If they were still alive they could hurt people with their magic. We buried the bodies but then the police found out and started digging them up." Two of Kogun's brothers were arrested under the Act of Sorcery incorporated into PNG's criminal code, but the case collapsed because witnesses were too afraid to testify. The number of witch killings has been estimated at 200 a year in the neighbouring province of Simbu alone, although definitive figures are impossible to come by. A report by Amnesty International in September found there was a "conspiracy of silence" surrounding the murders. Belief in evil spirits is ubiquitous throughout Papua New Guinea, where ancestor worship and animism are still practiced. (ukcoalition.org)
2005 Cape Town, South Africa A church custodian was murdered in the dead of night and his mutilated corpse, bearing vicious stab wounds to his head and side mimicking those of Jesus Christ on the cross, is left in front of the altar. On the ground, in the victim's blood, is written the word "Satun" (sic). The Halloween slaying of 53-year-old Charles Jacobs, janitor at the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints in the quiet, church-going town of Paarl, east of Cape Town, was the latest in a long string of murders that reflect an obsession with Satanism that goes back deep into South Africa's apartheid past. (theaustralian.news.com)
2005 Ponchatoula, LA Authorities arrested Daniel Edwards, a former "pastor" turned Satanist accused of leading a church group in "cult-like" rituals involving the sexual abuse of children and animals. Also arrested were eight other members of the cult. Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards said members of a Ponchatoula church carried out the practices for years as part of a devil-worshipping ritual involving cat blood. "This is hard to talk about and harder to believe, but some of the suspects have told us their intention in all of this was devil worshipping," Edwards said. "We know of one dog. That was a pet and the dog is dead now," Edwards said. The sheriff said one of the suspects had sex with that dog, and that blood from a cat was used in the cult's rituals. The dog and cat apparently were pets belonging to members of the church's congregation, he added.Edwards also said that the people involved in the cult reportedly had sex with children and animals from 1999 until the church disbanded in 2003. Edwards said the victims in the case range from toddlers to teenagers. A conviction on sex-abuse charges involving juveniles under age 12 can result in the death penalty. (AP)
2005 Toronto, Canada In June, Police arrested a self-proclaimed "psychic healer" named Alex Orbito, 66. A number of victims came forward to report that he "treated" 600 people in his Best Western Hotel room in Scarborough, Ontario, charging C$135 for two-minute "healing" treatments. He claimed that he could heal any illness by removing "negative energies" and performing psychic surgery. Orbito and an accomplice were arrested and charged with fraud over $5,000 and possession of proceeds of crime. (healthwatcher.net/Quackerywatch)
2006 Jan. The Hague, Netherlands Police across Europe and in New York arrested 20 people suspected of smuggling young girls out of Nigeria and forcing them to work as prostitutes after intimidating them in voodoo rituals, Dutch prosecutors said. Acting on requests from Dutch authorities, police in New York; Madrid, Spain; Antwerp, Belgium; and the central British city of Coventry also arrested five Nigerian suspects. A South Yorkshire man, Gilbert Ektor, 31, of Canklow Road, Rotherham was accused of helping mastermind an international sex trafficking operation has failed in his fight to prevent extradition to Holland.A sixth Nigerian was arrested last week in Dublin, Ireland. The young girls were pressured under the intimidation of voodoo and were forced to swear an oath to a voodoo priest to pay back a so-called debt. Thirteen of the suspects were arrested in a series of coordinated raids in cities
across the Netherlands, the national prosecutor’s office said in a statement. Police also found 10 illegal immigrants, who were turned over to the immigration service. (Reuters)
2006 Melbourne, Austrailia First Druids allow the Romans to invade Britain, now this. A 50 year oldDruid High Priestess, whose full name is just “Morgan”, was refused admittance to Cushion Lounge night club. Later she filed charges that the bar had discrimated against her based on her religion (couldn’t see that one coming, could you?). In October, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) decided the nightclub (which was a hotpsot for 20 somethings to hang out) had actually refused her admittance because she was “too old”, but did agree that had sexually discriminated against her by telling her she “needed a good [BLEEP]”. The woman claimed she had gone to the club to retrieve her 16 year old son, an underage drinker, off to a good start in life already. The 3 security guards were ordered to complete a two-hour course in “equal opportunity”. The judge gave Morgan the chance to seek $2000 from the guards and the bar by nominating someone else to receive it. She previously told the tribunal that as a druid she was unable to accept compensation, according to a news report. Trust me, all the attention she got WAS the compensation! (theaustralian.news.com.au)
2006 Younkers, NY On 6-6-06, Black spray paint was used to write 666 on the three steps leading up to the main entrance of St. Joseph's Catholic seminary. Just above the number was painted “REIGN IN BLOOD.” A large pentagram, believed to be a symbol of the devil, was painted in thick black lines in front of the main door, just where Pope John Paul II stood when he visited the seminary on Oct. 6, 1995. Two columns in front of the entrace were defaced on front and back. Upside-down crosses were painted on their fronts, facing the grounds. On the back of the left column, facing the seminary doors, the vandal or vandals wrote “BETTER TO REIGN IN HELL.” And on the second, “THAN TO SERVE IN HEAVEN.” The famous line comes from Milton’s “Paradise Lost.” A statue of Jesus in front of the seminary was also vandalized. Upside-down crosses and a pentagram were painted on the base. “It’s laid out in a very deliberate fashion, and the spelling is perfect, so I don’t think it was kids, at least not young kids,” .(AP)
2006 Bogota, Colombia Authorities suspect a Satanic cult is responsible for slitting the throats of six members of the same family in Colombia. The Associated Press reported one of the victims was a child. Authorities were suspicious about there being six victims, adding to their belief that there was a ritualistic aspect to the crime.The murders took place on June 6, 2006, or 06-06-06. Jorge Gomez, a human rights official in the town of Barrancabermeja, Santander Province, tells the Associated Press, "It seems to have been related to today's date." Police detained a suspect in the murder. (AP)
2006 Milford, Conn. Police have arrested two Stratford women accusing them of scamming a woman out of $145,000 through some bizarre rituals including drinking rooster blood. Maria dos Santos, 52, and her daughter, Shirley Iannucci, 30, were arrested by police Tuesday on charges of first-degree larceny and conspiracy. Police said the two women had become friendly with the alleged victim who was going through a divorce last year. According to court documents, the alleged victim feared for her life after dos Santos told her that "God was going to kill her." The city woman called police in January, the day after dos Santos performed a Santeria ritual in her West River Street home that included drinking blood from a dead rooster, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. Dos Santos persuaded the victim to let her handle all of her financial affairs while the divorce was pending, according to court documents.(CBS NEWS)
2006 Wixom City, Mich In May, Druid John Jordan Anderson was arrested for the murder of Wiccan Natsha Miller, 19. Anderson, described by Miller's close friends as "creepy," according to court documents, had dated the 19-year-old known as "Tasha" until they broke up around Thanksgiving 2005. Her nude body was discovered by hikers along the banks of the floating in the Huron river on Powers Beach in the Proud Lake State Recreation Area. Funeral services were held for the young woman just eight days before her 20th birthday. During an 11-hour police questioning, Anderson slipped in and out of an English accent, discussed druid beliefs, and talked of his love of fantasy and science fiction novels. Anderson said he had been driving a friend around at the time of the murder. The friend denied it, saying Anderson only told him that "something bad happened" and he would talk to him about it later. Eventually he confessed to strangling her with a 2-foot-long orange ribbon he often used to tie up his ponytail or wear on his arm, said Detective Scott Tarasiewicz of the Milford Police Department. During his admission, Anderson told police he had recently embarked on a religious comparative study and decided to become a Druid, based on druidism's focus on "the earth's natural elements" (and they also practiced ritual human sacrifice, go figure). Anderson told police Miller was a Wiccan, or white witch, and said that, because of his beliefs and hers, he had to dispose of the body by earth, water or fire after he killed her to return her to the natural elements, Walton said. Trial began in June 2007. Anderson kept a blog on his web site with postings titled "Miss Murder," "Angry Again" and "Blood Poetry," which prosecutors plan to show the jury. Despite Anderson's lengthy confession, a judge ruled the jury won't hear some of the statements he made to police regarding his druid beliefs.(The Oakland Press News)
2006 Fort Lauderdale, FL A human skull found in a woman's luggage at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is likely an object used in a voodoo ritual, the Broward 2006 Ft Lauderdale, Florida Myrlene Severe, 30 y.o., was on Lynx Air International Flight 203 from Haiti to Fort Lauderdale when she was arrested when cusoms found a human head with "organic matter" inside of her checked baggage . "It still had teeth, hair and bits of skin and lots of dirt," said Barbara Gonzalez, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Miami.The medical examiner said the skull was a man's who probably died within the last year or so. It appears the skull was dug up from a grave. Officials found it in a bag with various fruit and vegetable leaves, a nail and some stones.Severe told authorities "she had obtained the package, which contained the human head, from a male in Haiti for ... use as a part of her Voodoobeliefs. Severe also stated that the purpose of the package was to ward off evil spirits," According to ICE agent Erick Hernandez. She faces a maximum of 15 years in prison if convicted on all charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida. (WFLA News)
2006 Midland Park,NJ Behind the storefront advertising tarot-card readings and a glimpse into the future, police say, a woman claiming to be a psychic bilked a client out of nearly $24,000 over two years. The psychic was sentenced to 2 to 10 years in prison.(AP)
2006 New Orleans Zachary Bowen, 28, strangled and dismembered Adriane "Addie" Hall, 30, on Oct. 5. Eleven days later, Bowen jumped to his death from a hotel roof with a suicide note in his pocket telling police about the killing. Police found Hall's charred head in a pot, her arms and legs in the oven and her torso in the refrigerator. The couple lived in an apartment that was above a "Voodoo Temple and Cultural Center". Police claim there's no concrete evidence the slaying had anything to do with Voodoo, even though many New Orleans residents, who have been exposed to Voodoo all their lives, have their doubts. (KATC News katc.com )
2006 Queens, NY Three Queens fortunetellers were arrested in June after they tried to charge undercover investigators for services including exorcism and rekindling a past romantic relationship, the authorities said. You would think they could have seen it coming. The fortunetellers, who operated out of apartments or storefronts on 30th Avenue in Astoria, face charges including fortunetelling, which is illegal unless patrons are told that such services are "for entertainment purposes". One of the fortunetellers, Sabrina Martell, 42, told a female investigator that her problems stretched back to something her mother had eaten while pregnant (sounds like Scientology), prosecutors said. Ms. Martell charged the investigator $1,100 for those and other services (naw, too cheap for Scientology), prosecutors said. The other women arrested were identified as Dorothy Miller, 53, and Rose Miller, 73. They are not related. (New York Daily News)
2006 Kenner LA Lecia "Sister Jackson" Urich, a Kenner palm reader and "psychic" received a suspended sentence of one year (plus one year's probabtion)in July for trying to scam a Slidell businesswoman out of $5,000 in 2004. The judge also fined Urich $250 plus court costs and warned her to refrain from fraudulent activity. Urich/Jackson, who had pleaded guilty,had told the woman that a ritual that involved burying the money would help lift a deadly curse. Several other theft charges followed after other victims came forward to describe similar schemes, including an 87-year-old Kenner woman who said Urich swindled her out of $37,000. Kenner police said Urich told four customers that their enemies had put curses on them and offered to dispel the hexes for a total of $7,100, which she said she would bury in a church or cemetery. (KATC News katc.com )
2006 Moscow, Russia In Nov., Two Satanists were arrested in connection with the murder of a 50-year-old unemployed in the town of Pavlovsky Posad near Moscow - a student of the Polygraph Institute, aged 21, and a packager at a Moscow firm, aged 18. As they walked around the town in the early hours of November 19, 2006, clad in black, they wanted “to sense the smell of blood”, as the suspects themselves put it, the press service said.Their first victim was a cat they strangled, burnt and hanged on a tree.They proceeded to attack a passerby they mistook for a homeless.“They beat him up and cut him with a knife, striving to stab him in the heart 13 times,” according to Interfax News Service. (Interfax)
2006 Monrovia, Liberia A Liberian woman has been arrested after dumping her 2-year-old child in a well. The 39-year-old woman, who claims to be a witch, said she dumped her son in the well as a gift to members of a witch cult to which she belonged. The child was saved from drowning by neighbors. The woman said she and other cult members had eaten other members' children over the years and that it was now her turn to sacrifice her child. ("DPA," September 4, 2006)
2006 Port Huron, MI woman who claimed she was a psychic was sentenced Tuesday to 23 months to 10 years in prison after admitting in January she defrauded at least one client of $45,000. (AP)
2006 Rome, Italy Police are investigating whether the killing of four members of a family from southern Italy was carried out by a relative who believed he had done a deal with the devil. The chief suspect in the quadruple homicide is Claudio Tomaino, 28, the nephew of the slain family’s father. Nine bullets were fired in all, most to the victims’ heads. The youngest victim was the 18-year-old daughter, Maria, who sang in the local church choir. Police are investigating a Satanic oath which Tomaino was said to have written before the killings. “Tomaino wrote that he had a deal with Satan to sell him his soul if Satan assured him he would make him rich and make sure he wasn’t sent to jail for killing his uncle Camillo and the rest of the family,” Salvatore Curcio, lead prosecutor in the southern city of Catanzaro, told a news conference. Curcio added forensic tests had proved the “contract” was signed by Tomaino in his own blood. (khaleejtimes.com)
2007 Seattle WA Samara Spann, 30, was sentenced to 23 years under a plea deal for the slaying of her 6 y.o. daughter Kyeimah on Dec. 31-2004 or Jan. 1-2005. Prosecutors say she killed her daughter because she believed she was possessed and "would not stay in bed and kept interrupting" a telephone conversation. Relatives of Spann say she was involved in "Voodoo rituals" and had consulted someone described as "being heavily into the occult" shortly before the slayings. Spann's father, Gary Spann, told The Sacramento Bee in 2005 his daughter routinely called the girl a "devil child" and also belonged to a bizzare cult that worshipped the late rapper Tupac Shakur as the reincarnation of the 16th century political philosopher Machiavelli. Yes, really. Subsequent investigation showed the little girl had been subjected to extensive abuse and had been removed from her mother's care three times in California, only to be returned each time. (KING 5 News, Sacremento Bee)
2007 Dec. Cortland, OH Andrew Culver, 18, was arrested after a leader of the Church of Satan turned over to the FBI an e-mail the high school student had written to the sect in which he threatened to kill his grandparents, authorities said. According to Bazetta Township Police Chief Charles Sayers Culver told police the e-mail detailing his intention to kill his grandparents and steal their money and car was "a joke". But police discovered Culver had access to an arsenal of weapons and wanted to "kill in the name of our unholy lord Satan." "To send an e-mail making specific threats, to sign your name, that to me is not a joke," Sayers said. Culver sent the message to Peter Gilmore, the high priest of the New York City-based Church of Satan, Chief Sayers said. Gilmore alerted the FBI, which notified local police. (AP)
2007 Tel Aviv, Israel In January six youths who had formed a Satanic cult, ranging in age from 12 to 15, and living and attend high school in the South Tel Aviv suburb of Bat Yam were arressted for acts of Vandalism, including burning Torah scrolls. The teens admitted to burning the Isareli flag, and told police that they had used an abandoned house as their base of operations. Youth crimes investigators also believe that their mezuzah bonfire caused a subsequent building fire. The youths were released morning to house arrest. All six of the suspects are new immigrants from the former Soviet states. Russia and other former Soviet Bloc countries have seen a dramatic jump in the numbers of people calling themselves Satanists in recent years. (The Jerusalem Post)
2007 Denver, CO On 12-9-2007 24-year-old Matthew Murray killed five people, and injured several others in a rampage that spanned 70 miles, from a missionary training center that expelled Murray to Colorado Springs' New Life Church, a symbol of the Pentecostal and charismatic Christianity he so despised. He was killed by a volunteer female security guard as he entered the church. Somehow, a child of a prominent doctor, someone who was home schooled in a comfortable Denver suburb, evolved from would-be Christian missionary to a killer trying to rain Columbine down on the Christian world. After Murray rejected religion, he became fixated on people and groups that explore the dark side of spirituality, obsessing over the Satanic lyrics of Swedish metal bands, and doing other odd things. Murray attended events held by the Denver-based occult group Ad Astra Oasis during the last two years, but was turned down when he sought to become a member of the group. His involvement with them ended in October, supposedly. (AP)
2007 Trecynon, Wales Satanist Geraint Evans, 24, recieved "indeifnite detainment" for the murder of Father Paul Bennett on 3-14-07 on the grounds of St Fagan’s Anglican Church. Father Bennett, 59, died as a martry for Christ. He married & a father-of-two, was attacked yards from the church in front of his wife. In a gloating voice Evans told Mrs. Bennett ‘I stabbed him through the heart, I stabbed him through the eye. You have to forgive me now’,” As well as regularly smoking cannabis, Evans inhaled lighter fluid on a daily basis. He was a subscriber and contributor to satanic websites using the pseudonym Jack Blade where he declared: “I am Satan.” At the time Evans was living in his mother’s flat which overlooks the vicarage where Father Bennett, who was profoundly deaf, lived with his family. Bennet was a popular vicar, who had three churches under his stewardship, was described as being at the “very centre of his community”. Evans was initially charged with murder, but his plea of manslaughter was accepted after three doctors presented reports to the court confirming Evans was a deluded paranoid schizophrenic. Satanists...The Alien Elite! (BBC News)
2007 Novi Banovci, Serbia On 9-2-07 police recovered beheaded bodies of Vasilije Trbovic, 26, and his five-year-old nephew, L.O., from the Danube River near Novi Banovci in Vojvodina. Police arrested suspect Danijel Jakupek who later confessed to the crimes.“The murders were not committed for the sake of the murder, rather they are typical of a cult-inspired ritual. Everything we found in the suspect’s house points to that conclusion,” Chief Inspector Zoran Lukovic said. Upon searching his house , police found an improvised satanist altar in the basement, while certain pieces of furniture were painted over in Satanistcolors, red and black, as well as occult literature. Asked how it was possible that no one noticed the suspect’s strange behavior, Lukovic said that people in Serbia “are usually poorly informed of cults and sects.” He called for the ministries of health and religion to join in the campaign to fight dangerous cults operating in Serbia. (Blic Online in English)
2007 Mzuzu , Malawi Police broke up a teen Satanic cult into vampirism. After practicing with the girls for some months, one girl revealed her involvement to the clergy following her the cult's request that she kill her father. Police in Mzuzu arrested two girls for coercing a 14 year-old student into the Satanic cult According to police, the girl confessed that she was sucking people’s blood and she frequently used to travel with her many friends for meetings where their “queen” is, at a location by the Indian Ocean. The police said the two girls will be charged with conduct likely to cause breach of peace and will be taken to court.(ENI News)
2007 Nizhny Tagil, Russia In August at the city cemetery was vandalized by a Satanists who destroyed around 35 tomb stones and put the crosses back in the ground upside down. Police arrested 2 men, & believe that are more people involved. A 20 y.o. man, arrested & confessed that he was guilty in this crime, and during a search of his house police found occult & satanic literature. The young man calls himself a Satanist and says that he destroyed the tombs because he hates "all the things connected with Christianity". (Interfax)
2007 Dallas, TX Police discovered a "nganga" (a cauldron used in Palo Mayombe) containing a human skull. The three-legged iron vessel was wrapped in black and red cloth also contained animal bones, chicken feathers, a machete and an 18-inch statue of a man, carved from dark wood. The identity of the skull's victim has not been identified. The week before the discovery of the cauldron, the bodies of a murdered couple turned up across the river a few hundred yards away from the "nganga", although police say it's "just a coincidence". Palo Mayombe is a religion similar to Santeria. (AP)
2007 Phoenix, AZ Loren Williamson, 33, was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on four counts of sexual conduct with a minor and three counts of child molestation. Police said the abuse started when the victim was 6 years old and continued until authorities recently got a tip.Officers said Williamson was involved with the Wiccan religion and may have used its "mystical traditions" as a way to spark the interest of young girls. Officers said they are not immediately aware of any other victims, but it appears that there could be more who have not yet come forward. People with information related to the case should contact the department's Crimes Against Children Unit at 602-534-3200 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.(AP)
2007 Zimbabwe A witchdoctor, or to be PC, "Traditional Pagan healer and shaman" Rotina Mavhunga claimed in April that she had discovered deposits of refined gasoline seeping from rocks near a spiritual shrine in the Chinhoyi district, 60 miles northwest of Harare. The shaman told her followers the fuel could last hundreds of years and was "a gift from ancestral spirits who saw their children suffering because of the shortages of fuel," according to a government spokesperson. Top politicians, Security Minister Didymus Mutasa, Defense Minister Sydney Sekeramayi and Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi, in charge of police, went to the district to investigate the claims — a sign that the government took them seriously. But the scam was busted before it even got off the ground, and police arrested 50 followers of Mavhunga. The tribal healer/shaman herself was last reported still on the run. (ZWNews)
2007 New York, NY In May, self proclaimed Satanists Danielle Wilbur, John and William Santiorello, and Dan Trassers were all charged with aggravated harassment and commiting a hate crime for the defacing of a Baptist Church. The would be Anton LaVeys spray painted their MySpace handles and Satanic graffitti all over the church. Police were easily able to apprehend them after identifying them on MySpace. (AP)
2007 Balitmore, Maryland "Native American psychic" Grace Uwanawich struck a plea deal with a Maryland court, to recieve a reduced sentence of 18 mos. in jail. The deal includes nearly $257,000 in restitution to four former clients. Authorities say Uwanawich, 63, defrauded vulnerable middle-aged women by persuading them to hand over tens of thousands of dollars to crush devastating curses. One woman was a 57-year-old Poolesville Chineese woman who, over the course of a year, gave Uwanawich more than $160,000 in cash and property. The woman was told she and her family had a curse that dated to the building of the Great Wall of China. After wiping out the Poolesville woman's bank accounts, maxing out her credit cards and tricking her into buying a Mercedes Benz she never got to drive, Uwanawich stopped giving the woman appointments."This is beyond fortunetelling for entertainment purposes," Montgomery Assistant State's Attorney Carol Crawford said. She compared Uwanawich to a "leech" who drained her victims' wealth by terrorizing them with the prospect of spells and then becoming their only source of solace. Court records show she was also arrested in Chester County, Pa., and later in Philadelphia during the 1990s in connection with similar scams. (AP)
2007 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Next time someone whines on an internet blog about "religious persecution" against would-be-witches in the U.S.A., just remember this story: In Oct.Saudi Arabia’s religious police, known as Mutawas, have arrested a domestic worker accused of having put a spell on her employer, the Al-Madina newspaper reported. Witchcraft is a capital offence in Saudi Arabia, where Sharia law is strictly applied.The Mutawas, discovered “talismans and products of charlatanism” in a search of the maid’s quarters in the eastern city of Damman. The arrest of the maid, whose nationality was not revealed (but probably from Indonesia or Sri Lanka), followed a complaint by the wife of the employer who she said had been “bewitched by the maid”. The woman said she suspected her husband had been put under a spell because he fiercely defended the maid from criticism every time she neglected her work. A more logical explanation is the employer and maid were having a tryst, which would explain why he doesn't care if she cleans the house or not, and the "spell" doesn't seem to affet the wife. The paper said the maid, “admitted she took refuge in sorcery so as to make her employers like her”...but of course Arab newspapers aren't well known for their truth telling ability. Everyone reading this, please pray for this girl that her life is spared, and complian to the Saudi embassy. (Al Madina Press)
2007 Lake City, Idaho Wiccans and Satanists learn to overcome their differences and work together! A self proclaimed Satanist and a self proclaimed Wiccan were arrested for the burning of a Seventh-Day Adventist School library. Damage to the library was estimated at $30,000. Rathdrum resident Jason Howry, 20, and Athol resident Jacqueline Smith, 16, were charged Tuesday and booked into the Kootenai County Jail on charges of first-degree arson, police said. Maybe Wicca made her feel all grown up. It should, because Smith was charged as an adult. Smith told detectives she practiced the Wiccan religion and that Howry proclaimed he was a "Satan worshipper." I wonder if they said "So Mote It Be!" or "Hail Satan!" when they got done burning that awful, intolerant library that was persecuting them? (spokesmanreview.com)
2007 Santa Maria, CA In July Wiccan couple Sean and Rachelle Pelino face six felony counts each, including several charges of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor. Police said the couple used the Wiccareligion to lure a 15-year-old girl into sex. Investigators say the suspects were using Wiccan rituals and drugs, including marijuana (use of which is mentioned in the Gardnerian Book of Shadows as part of the 8-fold path), to seduce the teen. Lieutenant Kendall Greene of the Santa Maria Police Department said the encounters "...involved threesomes between husband, wife and victim. Sometimes individual, one on one," sex was involved as well. Blessed Be! (KSBY 6 Action News ksby.com)
2007 Belgrade, Serbia A man was arrested 9-1-07 on suspicion that he killed a 5-year-old boy and his uncle and dismembered them in a Satanic ritual, Serbian police said. The suspect, identified only as "Danijel J.", 27 y.o. , is accused of cutting off the victims heads, arms and legs in Novi Banovci, a village just north of Belgrade, before he dumped their bodies into the Danube River, a police statement said. Zoran Lukovic, a police inspector involved in the investigation, told reporters a search of Danijel’s flat in the village showed he possessed “Satanic literature” including a manual on how to dismember a human body and that he belonged to "an unidentified religious sect". Lukovic, the police inspector, said that police discovered “a room with an altar” at Danijel’s home where he performed Satanic rites. Serbia’s Interior Minister Dragan Jocic said ritual killings are on the rise in Serbia.(Beta News Agency)
2007 Miami, FL In Sept.,Satanist Lazaro Galindo, 26, was convicted of brutally killing a romantic rival and then butchering him. Galindo, who represented himself during his trial, told the Miami court he was "God" and that he would unite the Catholic and Satanic religions. In a confession nearly 40 pages long, the 26-year-old detailed how he stabbed and beat Argelio Gonzalez and then spent two days inside his caravan home dismembering the man. Calling the murder "appalling" and "gruesome," Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Peter Adrien ordered Galindo serve a life sentence, virtually guaranteeing he will die in prison. Galindo is serving a 45 year sentence for molesting a 13-year-old. His life term will start after that sentence concludes.(AP)
2007 Tokyo, Japan In Oct. Police arrested a total 23 members of a Shinto sect in central Japan in connection with the slaying of a fellow member Motoko Okuno, 63, who was beaten to death in Sept. Okuno was killed as punishment for failing to carry out religious rites. Kigenkai, founded in 1970, is based on Japan’s indigenous Pagan goddess cenetered Shinto religion and sells purified water the sect claims can cure diseases. It has about 400 members in branches across Japan, according to Japanese media. (gulf-daily-news.com)
2007 Saudi, Arabia On-11-03-07 Arab Muslim officials executed an Egyptian man convicted of "sorcery", desecrating the Koran and adultery, the country's official news agency said. Mustafa Ibrahim had been accused by another foreign resident of practicing magic in order to separate him from his wife and said evidence had been found in his home, including books on black magic, a candle with an incantation "to summon devils" and "foul-smelling herbs". "He confessed to adultery with a woman and desecrating the Koran by placing it in the bathroom," the agency said. Islam...the religion of peace and tolerance! (Al-Jazirah)
2007 Portland, OR A transsexual internet psychic named David Wayne French charged clients $145-$265 an hour for a variety of different services, including travel to other planets<snicker>, "dimensionality", astral projection, "ET or Angel Walk-ins", third eye mastery, kundalini (sex yoga), "transmutaion", and ironically "mastery of glands". In May, he murdered his gay lover of 5 years, 51 y.o. Frank Johnson. French leapt from a 3 story window as police were entering the apartment, to avoid capture. French also goes by the alias Zalia Crizta or simply "Z". Since he can pass as a man or woman, it makes his capture more difficult. His case was profiled on America’s Most Wanted, and anyone with information should call 1-800-crime-tv. (America's Most Wanted)
2007 Papua,New Guinea Officials report Pagan shamanisitc beliefs are causing people to committ murder. Tribesmen resort to old ways and rituals to 'ward off evil spirits',including the murder and torture of those believed to be witches. Suspected witches – mostly women but including some men and even children – have been subjected to horrific torture before being hanged or thrown off cliffs. A growing Aids crisis and the collapse of health services have sapped villagers' faith in Western medicine and prompted a return to ancestral beliefs. Barely educated villagers living in remote mountain valleys are blaming the increasing number of A.I.D.S. deaths not on promiscuity but on black magic. "We're seeing a big rise in witchcraft cases. We hear of a killing almost every week," said Hermann Spingler, a German Lutheran pastor who heads the Melanesian Institute, a cultural study centre in Goroka. "They take the law into their own hands and torture people to make them 'confess'. They drag women on ropes behind vehicles, burn them with hot wire, chop off hands, fingers. People have been buried alive." (telegraph.co.uk)
2007 Leeds, England Satanist Gary Dover Afflick, 41, A sex offender & drug dealer who went on the run after he was released from prison was arrested in Leeds in March. The Fagin-style gang leader was convicted for a string of offences in 1997 at Bristol Crown Court. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison. Afflick selected rootless youngsters, usually aged between 9 and 14, and offered them shelter in "squats and flats". He gave them drugs, lectured them about Satanism, and kept them in line with a regime of beatings and sexual assaults.(Reuters)
2007 Salvador, Brazil Rosanita Nery dos Santos, 47, chopped her husband in over 100 pieces, boned the body parts with a knife, fried the body parts, and then kept the remains under the stairway in the couple's home. Police think she may have eaten some of the body parts. According to Bernadete de Souza Soares, 63, the victim's aunt and a witness in court, Rosanita and José Raimundo used to fight a lot over her habit of going to candomblé (an African religion like Santeria) worship services. Soares told jurors that the husband once dragged Rosanita out of the candomblé church during a service. "He went in and broke everything," said Soares. "After that, the mãe-de-santo (afro-Brazilian priestess) said that he would pay dearly for that and that he wouldn't live more than one year. The priestess also asked Rosa to deliver his heart to her and that's why she dismembered him." Santos was convicted of the crime and recieved 19 years in prison. (brazzilmag.com)
2007 Waukesha, WI Wiccan Brenna K. Barney, 42, was arrested after neighbors complained to police the woman was yelling witch chants around a bonfire. Police discovered High Priestess Barney in her underwear wearing headphones dancing around the fire which included rubber car mats and a cooler. The responding officer tried to get her attention by shining a flashlight on her but she continued yelling her chants. At one point she poured lighter fluid on the fire, which was 10-feet from her residence, the officer said. When the officer was able to get the woman's attention she still refused to cooperate. Capt. Mike Babe said Brenna K. Barney of Waukesha told police they were infringing on her religious beliefs since she was performing a ritual under the new moon. She continued to be belligerent and the officer could smell alcohol on the woman's breath. Four officers responded to the scene and were able to take the woman into custody. She was first taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital where she continued to yell and swear at officers and hospital staff. After she was medically cleared, she was taken to jail. (AP)
2007 Portsmouth, England Debbie King, Arch Druidess of the Insular Order of Druids, was arrested at Fareham Magistrates Court for carrying a five-inch blade. 'It would have the same status as a crucifix to Christians. It represents truth, honour, justice and protection. I was told if I signed a disclaimer and gave up the athame I would just be given a caution, but I had to stand my ground.", apparently not understaning weapons can't be brought to court. Miss King, 44, said she had the "Druid kit" for a television interview later in the day, and didn't know if she would have time to return home and collect her belongings after supporting a family member in court. "Athame" is actually a Wiccan term, coined by Gerald Gardner, and has no connection to ancient druidism. "King Arthur Pendragon", Battle Chieftain of the Council of British Druid Orders <snicker>, is vowing to fight for Miss King's right to carry her knife. King Arthur, who was cleared at court in 1996 for carrying his broadsword, said: 'If it goes to court, I'll defend it to the hilt. I think it's ridiculous..." Some would find grown people calling themselves "Druids" and getting themselves arested all the time for stupid things ridiculous too.(Reuters)
2008 OCT. Lake County, FL Antonio Orsillo, owner of Big Oak Italian Restaurant & Pizza, was arrested shortly after Midnight on Friday night and was released on $50,000 bond on Saturday afternoon according to the court records. Orsillo, 49, had attepmted to hire a hit man to kill a former employee allegedly for sleeping with his wife. Orsillo told the hitman he wanted the victim decapitated with a Brazilian machete that Orsillo would supply and he wanted it returned with the man's blood on it. He also asked for a jar of the victim's blood as well. Orsillo apparently wanted the jar of blood for use in Santeria type rituals. According to the officer's report Orsillo had previously sacrificed six goats and used their blood to in a ritual. Orsillo paid $1,000 to the hitman as a down payment toward a $3,000 fee to have his target killed Saturday. Orsillo had agreed to pay the remainder of the money on Halloween. (Florida Times Union, Police Records)
JULY 2008 San Antonio TX 29 year old Kethan Beschorner, A 365 pound 6'4'' Satanist was arrested after murdering his girlfriend, Michelle LaGue, 44. Beschorner said demons had been "nagging him to kill somebody", so he chose LaGue because people might connect her death to another man she was going to testify against in the 2005 murders known as the "Taco Land slayings". The sacrifice took place on 7-4-08 after the pair had been drinking and smoking pot, and she refused to have sex with him. They fought briefly before he grabbed a knife and began stabbing her, police said. The body of LaGue was found July 7 inside her apartment in the 1000 block of West Russell. She had been slashed and nearly decapitated. Like manySatanists who get arrested, Beschorner told police that he recently became a believer in Jesus Christ in jail after having worshiped Satan. Well, I'd say the Satanist thing isn't working for him, so he might as well try Christ. Couldn't hurt at this point. (San Antonio News)
2008 DECEMBER, CARY, NC Four teenagers were charged with Eagle Scout Matthew Silliman's death. The teens "foretold his future" using tarot cards, then proceeded to beat him on the head with a hammer, bound him with zip ties, and suffocated him with duct tape, according to search warrants. A defense attorney for one of the self confessed slayers said "She's not a bad person," I'd hate to see his idea of a bad person, in that case. The warrants also said investigators seized "medications commonly used for animals to plan the murder and read the deceased his fortune using tarot cards just prior to his death." The four "friends" of the Eagle Scout -- Drew Shaw, 16, Ryan Hare, 18, and Aadil Khan, 17, of Apex and Allegra Dahlquist, 17, of Cary -- confessed to the crime and each face one count each of murder. Hare and Shaw are also charged with one count of conspiracy to commit murder.Matthew Silliman, 18, was given a memorial service at Peace Presbyterian Church in Cary Monday afternoon, 12-8-08.(The News & Observer of Raleigh)
2008 NOV. San Juan, TX San Juan police are asking the public for help finding two "Brujares" who scammed a man out of approximately $1,000 dollars using the old "cursed money" scam.
One of them told a 79-year-old man that she could tell something was wrong and that she knew he had lot of money. To prove her alleged psychic power, she asked for him for a white t-shirt and an egg. "She blessed him with an egg and smashed the egg inside a shirt where a bone and a hair was produced," said San Juan police spokesman Rolando Garcia. The elderly man allegedly interpreted that as a sign of bad luck and handed over approximately $1,000. The Brujares took the cash, began to wrap it in the shirt and a handkerchief and made one more request. "In the process of blessing the money, they ended up doing a switcharoo," Garcia said "They had him pick a leaf off a tree. That's where he gave the back to the suspects." They took the leaf and gave it to him with a handkerchief and what he thought was his money. The woman said if he kept it under his pillow for two weeks he would obtain good luck and be blessed. But the man's daughter was suspicious and had her father open the handkerchief. That's when they discovered it was full of newspaper clippings instead of his money.
The egg scam happened when the two women drove up to Juan Rodriguez's home on the 100 block of West Alfredo Street in San Juan.Police said the alleged fortune teller is described as a Hispanic female in her late 30's to early 40's, with hazel eyes, thick brows and brown hair.The driver was also Hispanic, in her late 40's to 50's. Both were wearing floral skirts.Police believe they might be traveling in a white truck with partial Texas plates X-X-7.If you have any information, call San Juan Crime Stoppers at (956) 283-TIPS. (KGBT 4 News)
2008 SEPTEMBER, CHIBOTE, ZAMBIA Copperbelt police commanding officer, Antoneil Mutentwa confirmed the arrest and detention of a Satanist who murdered his two-year old son using a knife. "Yes, I must confirm that a man claiming to be a Satanist was arrested and detained at Kalulushi police station for allegedly murdering his own son using a knife on Sunday. The man, who is a resident of Chibote Township in Kalulushi, arrived home and told his wife to go and buy candles and when the wife left, he took a knife and cut the throat of his two-year old son. When the wife got back from buying the candle, she found the son in a pool of blood and his husband also had blood on his hands. The wife reported the matter to the neighbours who took him to Chibuluma police post before being taken to Kalulushi police station where he is detained," Mr Mutentwa said. (Times of Zambia 9-2-08)
2008 SEPTEMBER WESTERN RUSSIA A cult of teenagers Satanists were arrested by authorities for sacrificing and then eating their victim's remains in a "cannibal feast". Ksneia Kuzetsova, Alexander Vornov, Anton Makovkin, and leader Nikolia Ogolobyak were all arrested for the homocides of four russian teenagers. Teachers of the accused told detectives that most had been moody at school and were of lower than average intelligence and were all described as "Goths". The victims were Anya Gorokhova, Varya Kuzmina, Olga Pukhova, and Andrei Sorokin. Each victim was stabbed 666 times before being roasted in a bonfire, according to police. The teen victims had been missing for months, when police discovered the remains in a charred pit in a wooded area. Above the pit was an upside down cross with a rat crucified on it. Victim Sorokin's father later told police "My son said he had Satanists among friends. I wasn't scared. I thought 'Well, let him spend his time sitting around a cemetery--there's not much harm in that, is there?" Leader Ogolobyak later told police he became a Satanist because God didn't make him rich, but "things improved when he prayed to the Devil". So...if you can't be wealthy, settle for cannibalism and murder? [UK Daily Mail]
2008 JULY LEBANON, IN - A coven of Wiccans were warned that being in Oak Hill Cemetary (a central Indiana cemetery about 20 miles northwest of Indianapolis) after posted visiting hours constitutes trespassing. No charges were filed, police said . The would be witches were illegally performing a ceremony to "give thanks for a recent run of good luck". The ceremony involved the use of candles, incense and driving swords into the ground during the full moon. The incident came to police attention after a Wiccan, Katherine Gunther, 36, of Lebanon, pierced her left foot with a sword while performing ,ironically enough, a good luck ritual. You can write your own joke here. Hospitals automatically contact police anytime there is a stabbing, shooting or evidence of assault. Gunther said she was aiming to put the sword in the ground, but hit her foot instead. Gunther immediately pulled the sword out of her foot, and the rest of the coven took her to Witham Memorial Hospital, where she was kept a couple days for treatment. I guess her luck ran out. "It wasn't the first time I performed the ritual, but it was the first time I put a sword through my foot," she said. If Wiccans want to stop being mistaken for Satanists, then they need to stop performing spells in graveyards. Geeze. (AP 7-22-08)
2008 July Durham, NC On 7-3-08 Three people have been arrested in Durham County, N.C., in a series of alleged Satanic rituals involving violence, police say. Police said the most recent arrest was of Diana Palmer, the vice chairwoman of the Durham County Democratic Party, who was allegedly linked to the suspected rituals including a rape, ABC News said Thursday. Palmer's attorney, Bill Thomas, denied an earlier police report that his client attempted to remove items from the home where the crimes occurred.Suspect Joseph Craig, 25, was arrested last week and accused of kidnapping and beating a man, along with raping a woman as part of the alleged Satanic rituals.Craig's wife Joy Johnson, a former Durham County Democratic Party vice chairwoman, was also arrested and charged with allegedly assisting in the rape and assault.ABC News said both victims had met the couple on the Internet and voluntarily went to their home when the crimes occurred sometime between January and June. (AP)
2008, Portage County, Ohio July Jennifer E. Sobczak, 28 y.o., & alleged follower of Voodoo, was sentenced to six months imprisonment by the Portage County Common Pleas Court on a fifth-degree felony charge of assaulting a corrections officer at the Portage County Jail. According to facts presented in court, Sobczak was incarcerated at the Portage County jail on July 11, 2007 when corrections officers attempted to put her into a holding cell. Defense attorney Troy Reeves said Sobczak refused to enter the particular cell, No. 41, because of , quote,"bad voodoo" believing it would be bad luck because a previous inmate who had been housed in that cell had experienced a death in the family. "She didn't want 41. She wanted 42. She didn't want to be in there," Reeves said.She then scuffled with corrections officers. One of the officers suffered a sprained finger during the altercation. Sobczak is well-known to Portage County law enforcement, having been arrested as many as 80 times in the last five years. (AP)
2008 July Deltona, Florida A voodoo doll found in the front yard of a Deltona commissioner with her picture glued on the head and pins in the body has led to extra security for city leaders. The 6-inch doll was found earlier this month in the front yard of Commissioner Zenaida Denizac's home. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the Volusia County Sheriff's office has ramped up patrols near the homes of elected officials, hoping the extra patrols will deter any further harassment. "My first thought was somebody wants to destroy me,” Denizac said. “I don't know a lot about these things, but because of all the pins, I assume someone wants me destroyed." Deltona is a few miles from Cassadaga, the last of two spiritualist camps in the U.S. The tiny village of psychics and occult bookstores is a magnet for occult wierdos of all kinds (I even saw Shirley McClaine there once). Anyone with any information should call the Volusia County Sheriff's Department @ (386) 860-7030 (AP)
2008 Kitakyushu, Japan On June 27, police at Kitakyushu City's Kokura Minami branch arrested Maki Sakaguchi, 29, on suspicion of violating the anti-stalking law. Yukan Fuji (on June 28) reported the police acted on complaints that Sakaguchi had stalked her ex-boyfriend, frantically pleading him to return to her, and had also made repeated threatening telephone calls to his new lady friend. The case took an interesting turn when the authorities searched Sakaguchi's residence and turned up a "noroi no wara ningyo," a straw doll used in Japan since ancient times for the purpose of "voodoo-type curses". The doll was tacked to a board bearing the name of Sakaguchi's female rival; a pair of 5-inch nails had been driven into the torso. Not only didn't it work, but she landed in jail! (AP)
2008 May 1st, White Plains, N.Y. — A rather homley 51-year-old man who claimed to practice Voodoohas admitted telling underage girls that if they refused to have sex with him terrible things would happen to them and their families. Hector Aviles of Yonkers pleaded guilty 5-1-08 (appropriately enough, the day after the occult holiday of "May Eve") to second- and third-degree rape, said Janet DiFiore, the Westchester district attorney. Aviles could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison. DiFiore said that at various times in 2006, Aviles told three girls, ages 16 and 14, that he could help them with such problems as boys and parents if they engaged in a sexual "ritual" with him. He warned that if they backed out, he would make bad things happen to them and their relatives. The district attorney said that when he was arrested, Aviles confessed to police he practiced Voodoo. (New Yok Times)
2008 March Port St. Lucie, Florida, A man was arrested after threatening his wife with Voodoo death, and a gun. The woman is a recent immigrant from Haiti, and as such feared the Voodoo threat far more than she feared the firearm threat. Police spokesman Robert Vega says 34-year-old Nerlet Bellot was arrested on charges of domestic battery, hindering communication with law enforcement and domestic assault. Bellot is accused of punching his wife in the stomach and her head. Vega says the wife also believes in voodoo and feels her husband can put a curse on her family. (AP)
2008 June Lusaka, Zambia Police in Lusaka have arrested a Zambian conman and Satanist claiming to be a South African accountant by the name of Ricardo de Klerk, police spokesperson, Bonny Kapeso has said. The conman earlier stole media headlines when he claimed that he was a Satanist who had been sent to kill a Reformed Church of Zambia (RCZ) pastor in Lusaka. At the time the man was arrested, he was claiming that his names were Ricardo de Klerk and that he was an accountant from South Africa. Before the man's arrest, members of the RCZ had started mobilising resources to help the man travel back to South Africa after he confessed having failed to kill the pastor. The whole thing might have just been a way to scam Christians out of money, still a Satanic act. (AP)
2009 August Anadarko, OK - On 8-23-09 Residents of the small town of Anadarko (65 miles from Oklahoma City) were horrified after the grizly discovery of the mutilated body of Rev. Rev. Carol Daniels, 61, in what appeared to be a staged in a "crucifix" position. Brent Professor Turvey, criminal profiler and crimonologist working on the case, said "It could have been deliberate. They’re in a church; they put her in this position, perhaps a defiant way of saying, ‘Screw you and your God. Look how your God didn’t help you.’" The killer had stripped Daniel's body nude and took the clothing with him. The killer also took time to spray a chemical over the crime scene to eliminate DNA evidence. Investigators said they are haunted by the methodical nature of the killing of the woman inside the Christ Holy Sanctified Church, once an old grocery store that sits on the edge of a predominantly black neighborhood. Rev. Daniels, who died as a martyr for Christ, was a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond and a mother. Investigators have ruled out the possibility the act was done by a serial killer. Investigators have not ruled out the possibility the act was an occult related crime. The killer or killers still remain at large. Anyone with information should contact the Anadarko Police Department at (405) 247-2411. (NewsOK)
2009 June Bridgeport, CT — Police in Connecticut have confirmed that a skull found in a bloody basement where they believe sacrificial rituals were performed is a human skull. Bridgeport Detective Keith Bryant says the medical examiner's office made the determination. Now there is an anthropological review to try to determine the sex and age of the person and when he or she died. Bryant says a headless body was found in Bridgeport about a decade ago, but it's not clear if there is a connection to the skull found during a drug raid Tuesday. Five people were charged with drug and gun crimes. Police believe Santeria or some kind of voodoo religion was practiced there. They also found Satanic writings and a beheaded chicken with its blood draining into a bowl. (The Connecticut Post)
2009 June Queens NY A 29-year-old Haitian immigrant and practioner of Voodoo has been accused of trying to drive evil spirits out of her 6-year-old daughter by setting her on fire. Prosecutors say Marie Lauradin poured an accelerant over her daughter during a Haitian practice known as Loa and made her stand naked in a ring of fire, engulfing her in flames.Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says Lauradin and the girl's grandmother washed her and put her to bed despite life-threatening burns over 25 percent of her body. He says another relative found her the next day. Lauradin was ordered held on $50,000 bail at a Thursday arraignment on assault and child endangerment charges related to the Feb. 4 incident. Defense attorney Jeff Cohen says she denies the allegations. The grandmother faces a later arraignment. The girl went into foster care. (USA Today 6-19-09)
2009 March Palm Harbor, FL Palm Harbor University baseball coach Jeremy Albrecht was suspended after his team participated in the sacrifice of a snake to improve the team's performance. According to second baseman Zach Sobel."We were on a losing streak and Coach said we were snake-bitten," Sobel said, "So we just kind of went with it." Albrecht, 34, was relieved of his duties while the Sheriff's Office investigates allegations that he was involved in the incident, Pinellas County schools spokeswoman Andrea Zahn said. Sobel, a senior, said the players fed the snake a rat to make it more docile, killed the snake with a shovel and buried it on the pitcher's mound, and that Albrecht was not present. Sobel would not say which players bought the snake or killed it, but no one objected. Unremorseful for the sacrifice, Zobel said "It's unfortunate because our coach could lose his job over this and he shouldn't. We don't deserve this".
2009 March-Nation of Gambia In the Muslim nation of Gambia 1,000 people were rounded up and forced to drink hallucinogens in a "witch-hunting campaign" that is terrorizing the tiny West African nation according to Amnesty International. Authorities began inviting "witch doctors," (Shamans) who combat witches, to come from nearby Guinea soon after the death earlier this year of the president's aunt. Jammeh "reportedly believes that witchcraft was used in her death," the London-based rights group said. Victims are being "forced to drink unknown substances that cause them to hallucinate and behave erratically," the rights group said in a statement. "Many are then forced to confess to being a witch. In some cases, they are also severely beaten, almost to the point of death." Hundreds fled to neighboring Senegal after their villages were attacked, Amnesty said. In 2007, Jammeh declared he had discovered a cure for AIDS and began treating patients inside the presidential palace, using herbs and incantations (in other words, witchcraft). His dictatorial regime has cracked down harshly on critics, especially the press. On March 8, authorities arrested Halifa Sallah, who has written about the "witch doctors" for the main opposition newspaper, Foroyya. Sallah, who was a presidential candidate in 2006, has since been charged with sedition and spying, Amnesty said. (Ruters)
2009 February Indian River Co. FL A bag containing headless animals and pocket change found outside the Indian River County Sheriff's Office was apparently someone's attempt to place a curse on the Sheriff's employees, according to investigators. IRCSO reported that someone found a black bag outside the office on the morning of Friday February 13. Inside the bag were a white baby goat and a brown chicken, both decapitated. Deputies found a quarter, a nickel and four pennies on the goat's belly. Tags with numbers and the date Nov. 11, 1996 were found on the ears of the goat's severed head, according to the police report. (Tampa Tribune)
Jan. 2009 Mordovia, Russia The leader of a Satanist sect in Russia's Republic of Mordovia that included more than 60 members has been arrested and the group shut down, investigators announced. According to the Federal Investigative Committee's reports, the cult leader, whose name has not been released, is a 24-year-old medical student from Belarus. He was arrested on Saturday on charges of organizing an illegal group that infringes on the rights of an individual. He faces a sentence of up to two years if convicted.Investigators said the members rented a house where they "conducted cult ceremonies, including illegal acts of alcoholic binge drinking, sexual practices and antisocial behavior." "During the probe, investigators confiscated a large amount of cult and Satanic literature, documents of a religious character in Latin, as well as the organization's charter and member list," the report read. (RIA Novosti)
Jan. 2009 Lagos, Nigeria Police in Nigeria are holding a goat on suspicion of attempted armed robbery (really, no kid-ding). Vigilantes took the black and white beast to the police saying it was an armed robber who had used black magic to transform himself into a goat to escape arrest after trying to steal a Mazda 323. "The group of vigilante men came to report that while they were on patrol they saw some hoodlums attempting to rob a car. They pursued them. However one of them escaped while the other turned into a goat," Kwara state police spokesman Tunde Mohammed told Reuters by telephone. "We cannot confirm the story, but the goat is in our custody. We cannot base our information on something mystical. It is something that has to be proved scientifically, that a human being turned into a goat," he said (Right, and since the cops over there don't believe in such things, the reason the police are still holding the goat is...?) (Reuters)
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